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...
Apr 24, 2013

Los Angeles Regional Performance and National Growth

Los Angeles YDP
Los Angeles YDP

The DEA Youth Dance Programs in Los Angeles gathered on April 13th to showcase their work at Peary Middle School in Gardena, CA. Four Los Angeles schools performed eagerly for parents, family members, school administration and other DEA Youth Dancers. DEA Youth Dance Program local dance company partner, Culture Shock Los Angeles hosted the lively event and impressed the audience with performances by their youth and adult troupe. A Los Angeles DEA agent spoke passionately to the audience and educated attendees about the dangers of drugs and how the DEA helps to provide safety through their national and international efforts. The kids were enthralled and their questions for the agent were endless! It was a moving event and a day filled with dedication, talent, emotion and gratitude.

Nationally the DEA Youth Dance Program continues to grow and has now reached 20 cities nationwide. The program goal is to reach 30 cities by 2014 so that hundreds more students will turn to the healthy outlet of dance instead of drugs and negative behaviors.

Jan 28, 2013

DEA YDP "moves" Parents, Community, Board & Guests

In December, DEA Youth Dance Program students were proud to put on a special event for Carthay Elementary after-care children, parents, grandparents, DEA Educational Foundation Board Members, DEA field office representatives and special guests from the Dizzy Feet Foundation and community. Over 30 children showcased their weekly classes, choreography and testimonials about the program. The audience was truly moved watching how dance has changed the lives of these children and how the children danced with pure joy, excitment and energy. Audience members were also entertained by program partner, Culture Shock Los Angeles and were touched when hearing personal stories about the children from the DEA Youth Dance Program instructor at Carthay. Each week, the DEA Youth Dance Program inspires children all over the United States. 

The 2012 year ended with a strong committment from the DEA Educational Foundation to continue and expand the DEA Youth Dance Program in 2013.  Because of the generous contributions of individuals on Global Giving, corporate sponsors and foundations, the program is expanding and will reach thousands of students in 20 cities this year. The DEA Educational Foundation is thrilled that children in so many of our communities will be turning to the healthy activity of dance instead of drugs and negative behaviors. 

Thank you for all you have done to make this important program possible!

Nov 2, 2012

DEA Youth Dance Program Fall Update

The DEA Youth Dance Program (YDP) has had a busy and successful fall! In September and early October, all YDP instructors went through a formal training program, we launched full programs in 15 cities and YDP students performed in their very first special event, the DEA Red Ribbon Rally at DEA headquarters. The initial feedback regarding our school kick-off assemblies and dance classes, from prinicipals, parents and students alike, has been remarkable. And, because of you, as well as our corporate and foundation contributors, we will be able to further expand to our waitlist in 2013. 

The attached pictures represent students from Carthay Elementary School in Los Angeles participating in their weekly classes and students from Drew Elementary School performing at the Red Ribbon Rally at DEA headquarters.

We are thrilled to be in the classroom working with such eager students and feel fortunate to have such dedicated dance company partners. For a full list of locations, dance company partners and contributors, please visit our website at: www.deaeducationalfoundation.org. 

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