DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program

The DEA Youth Dance Program, to expand its effective youth outreach. Under the previous name D.A.R.E. Dance, the program excelled for eleven years, teaching prevention through the visual arts and receiving a great deal of praise from the students, parents, administrators and local press. It is clear that children and teens respond to prevention messages when they are presented in a method in which they can relate. By reaching out to America's schools and under the powerful name of DEA and The DEA Educational Foundation, The Dance Program will inspire youth with healthy and drug-free messages, and encourage them to exercise and express themselves artistically. Additionally, The DEA Youth Dan...

DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 165
Washington, DC 20006
United States
310-459-0326
http://www.deaeducationalfoundation.org/

Board of Directors

Jill L Roberts, Bill Alden, Daniel Staffieri

Project Leaders

Jill Roberts

Mission

The DEA Youth Dance Program, to expand its effective youth outreach. Under the previous name D.A.R.E. Dance, the program excelled for eleven years, teaching prevention through the visual arts and receiving a great deal of praise from the students, parents, administrators and local press. It is clear that children and teens respond to prevention messages when they are presented in a method in which they can relate. By reaching out to America's schools and under the powerful name of DEA and The DEA Educational Foundation, The Dance Program will inspire youth with healthy and drug-free messages, and encourage them to exercise and express themselves artistically. Additionally, The DEA Youth Dance Program will provide opportunities for children and teens to serve as role models, and to participate with other youth as they explore the areas of peer -pressure, self esteem building, and decision-making. The impact of drugs on America is staggering. Each year, illegal drugs cost society billions in added social costs, contribute to thousands of deaths, and generate hundreds of thousands of violent crimes. Drugs also play a significant role in domestic violence and child neglect - problems that destroy the lives and dreams of children. For this reason, The Dance Program leaders are committed to continuing to find the most innovative ways to reach youth with prevention messages and information and determined to keep this valuable program not only in each of the 25 cities where we currently have programs, but start to reach its wait-list as well. The Dance Program adds to the mission of The DEA Educational Foundation as it educates children about prevention through an artistic outlet.

Programs

The long-term goal of The Dance Program is to increase resistance against drugs and violence, while focusing on healthy behaviors in community schools throughout the nation. This will be accomplished by offering students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to participate in an alternative activity: Dance. This will be achieved through a number of steps: 1) Anti-drug and anti-violence themes choreographed into dance pieces, as well as presented in the kick-off assembly announcements 2) Opportunity to continue dance after-school in a free, ten week dance program per semester, taught by trained professionals AND the opportunity to apply for a scholarship at a local dance studio. 3) Teacher/Student/Parent/DEA Agent Participation (if one is present in the schools) discussion facilitated, and group presentations conducted and 4) participating students will perform for communities and schools through end of the session performances. It is important to note that this program is not just another "dance class. " The Dance Program Regional Managers interview and select the most skilled instructors, not only in dance capability, but in their ability to work with children as well. Dance instructors who are selected undergo background checks and necessary state medical tests, as well as fill out a detailed application form and agreement documents. Although the actual dance class has some flexibility in how the art is taught, including the particular style of dance, every class series has mandatory steps to follow to fit into protocol and instructors are given training how to deliver the important message of staying drug free by focusing on a healthy activity or something meaningful in life. Although instructors will not discuss the particular science/research of the harmful effects of drugs, they will make it clear that to do things that are important in ones life, such as dance, are only possibly by leading a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Dance instructors serve as role models, and are trained to interact with students on a professional level, never losing sight of conveying the importance of a drug-free lifestyle.

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