Dance Programs Empowering Youth

by DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth
Dance Programs Empowering Youth

Celebrating 10 Years of Inspiring Youth, One Step at a Time

The DEA Educational Foundation (DEAEF) continues to make waves this summer through the reach of youth through its important flagship program, The DEAEF Youth Dance Program. All year we are celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the dance program and in July we honored our administrators, teachers, partners and most importantly our youth through a special 10th year anniversary campaign. The program reach is far and wide, inspiring thousands of youth through the positive, healthy and expressive form of dance. This 2022 year, the program will reach 65 cities (large and small) across the United States. 

This summer the DEAEF YDP has conducted dance camps, workshops and programming through our national programming and DEA’s Operation Engage. With the highest number of drug overdoses ever reported in the United States occurring this past year, now more than ever we need to reach our youth through prevention programs. Not only does the DEAEF YDP provide a healthy outlet and help to build self-confidence, it introduces key drug awareness education and messaging to youth in a relatable way. 

As we begin to plan for the fall 2022 assembly launches across the country we look forward to reaching thousands of students through the impressive work of our many dedicated dance partners and continuing to inspiring youth, one step at a time. 

YDP CA
YDP CA
YDP CA-2
YDP CA-2
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10 Years of Impact - DEAEF YDP First Assembly
10 Years of Impact - DEAEF YDP First Assembly

The DEA Educational Foundation is thrilled to have reached students through the youth dance program in nearly 60 cities in the last year despite challenges with the global pandemic, keeping students active through virtual, hybrid and in-person programming. This year we celebrate our 10-year anniversary of the DEAEF YDP and “inspiring youth one step at a time!” We look forward to marking this momentous milestone by reaching thousands of new youth with positive and healthy messages through the art of dance!

The DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program is honored to work with inspiring and talented women across the country. We celebrated Women’s History Month with our incredible partners at Culture Shock Las Vegas (led by Vangie Bisquera) with this powerful and moving video.  

DEAEF YDP will participate in several cities for DEA Operation Engage Year II. DEA Operation Engage “is a comprehensive community-level approach to address the drug epidemic through prevention strategies, facilitating conversations and collaboration with local partners.” The DEA Educational Foundation is proud to partner with Operation Engage as a youth engagement provider, having served all 11 cities in Year I and continuing with Year II through our flagship dance program, as well as our other youth programs in baseball, soccer, basketball, martial arts and art. 

We are thankful to our donors and supporters for helping us to continue to make an impact through education and prevention efforts.

10 Years of Impact - DEAEF YDP First Assembly
10 Years of Impact - DEAEF YDP First Assembly
Op Engage - Dancing Earth at Nambe Pueblo, NM
Op Engage - Dancing Earth at Nambe Pueblo, NM
Youth Dance Program Cities
Youth Dance Program Cities

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Students with Dancing Earth dancers, Nambe Pueblo
Students with Dancing Earth dancers, Nambe Pueblo

This year, the DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance program continued to grow and thrive, despite challenges brought on by the pandemic. Combined with our other youth programming, we expanded to 69 cities, and kept thousands of students engaged with a positive and healthy after-school alternative to drugs in virtual, hybrid and in-person classes throughout the year. Our biggest youth program, the DEAEF Youth Dance Program, reached dozens of cities across the United States and featured many styles of dance including ballet, hip hop, cultural dance and more.  As we reflect on the past year, we would like to thank all our amazing teachers, program partners and Youth Dance Program staff and consultants who helped the kids to live their dreams in 2021 and beyond! In November, we did a special recognition of our teachers that have dedicated their time as role models to the youth. 

 

In 2022, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with DEA’s Operation Engage, “a comprehensive approach that will target the top drug threat identified by the local DEA division while continuing to focus on drug trafficking, violence, and crime reduction.” In Year One of DEA’s Operation Engage, the DEA Educational Foundation provided youth programs, many of which were dance, in eleven cities throughout the United States. As we look toward Year 2, new programs including dance, baseball, basketball, martial arts, art and more will be delivered to youth and communities in our Operation Engage partnership cities. 

 

As we conclude this 2021 year and the Foundation’s celebration of “20 Years of Impact,” we reflect on how many lives we have positively impacted, one step at a time. Still, with a staggering number of drug overdoses last year alone, we know our mission is more important than ever. In 2022, we will celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance program, our flagship youth program. We look forward to continuing to reach young people with positive messaging and programming that keeps them active and engaged after-school. With gratitude, we thank you for your support to help keep our programs strong in 2022; it is because of you that we will continue to reach youth in our communities, allowing kids to dance and express themselves in a healthy way.

Outdoor assembly with NYC teaching artists
Outdoor assembly with NYC teaching artists
Final assembly, Tribal Youth Center, Maine
Final assembly, Tribal Youth Center, Maine
Some of our incredible partners and teachers
Some of our incredible partners and teachers
Our amazing Youth Program role models!
Our amazing Youth Program role models!
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Getting Silly with students in Washington, DC
Getting Silly with students in Washington, DC

The DEA Educational Foundation was thrilled to keep students dancing this summer through various summer workshops and camps! Thanks to great summer weather and some state and local openings, as well as due to the diligence of staff and instructors, the DEAEF was able to host some in-person programs for the first time in 15 months. And, whether dance programs were in-person, virtual or hybrid, our instructors brought their best, modeling positive and healthy choices like committing to activities like dance. Due to the success of the Youth Dance Program, the DEA Educational Foundation has launched other youth programs in the past couple of years such as art, baseball, martial arts, soccer and basketball. 

 

Also this year, the DEAEF is honored to have been selected to work with the DEA through their latest endeavor Operation Engage. Operation Engage is a “comprehensive approach that will target the top drug threat identified by the local DEA division while continuing to focus on drug trafficking, violence, and crime reduction.” As a community partner, we are offering dance, baseball, soccer, basketball, martial arts and more to support students and their families with quality afterschool programming. Following state and local guidelines, we will continue reaching students whether it be in-person or online, and offering positive mentorship and connection through the art of dance and beyond. 

 

As we celebrate 20 YEARS OF IMPACT at the Foundation, we thank you for your generosity in encouraging young people in over 50 cities throughout the US who make the commitment to dance with the DEA Educational Foundation. Your support is invaluable as we expand our flagship youth dance program, as well as develop and increase our other youth programs across the country. 

Passamaquoddy Youth Ctr Shawl Dance in Maine
Passamaquoddy Youth Ctr Shawl Dance in Maine
Jumping for Joy in Tennessee!
Jumping for Joy in Tennessee!
Dancers at Granite State Dance Ctr. strike a pose
Dancers at Granite State Dance Ctr. strike a pose
Youth Baseball at PS20 New York
Youth Baseball at PS20 New York
Dancers reach for the stars in Sacramento, CA
Dancers reach for the stars in Sacramento, CA
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Happy at Home with the DEAEF YDP
Happy at Home with the DEAEF YDP

The DEA Educational Foundation has been busy this spring with continued virtual dance programs, and we will continue to provide students with amazing and positive virtual classes through the end of the school year. Program reach has been very successful and extremely critical during this pandemic; especially as drug overdose death statistics have shown an increase through 2020 and 2021.

 

As we move into summer and plan for programming in fall of 2021, the Foundation will evaluate state and local COVID-19 restrictions and make decisions regarding online, hybrid or in-person programming. Regardless of format, we will continue to bring the power of dance to students, as well as positive mentorship, connection with their peers and self-esteem building opportunities. 

 

In March, stars of Broadway gathered to show their support for the Foundation through an evening of song, dance and incredible speakers. Gary Morris and Rema Webb hosted this event, featuring entertainment by Michael James Scott, Emily Skinner, Eric Nelsen, Danny Gardner, Kelli James and more! Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame), Elizabeth Stanley (star of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill) and Alexandra Billings (Wicked) shared incredibly moving remarks on the power of arts education and the DEA Educational Foundation’s important reach to our nation’s youth. The student stars of the DEAEF Youth Dance Program performed in a video captured all via Zoom, which was a highlight of the event. 

 

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with DEA’s Operation Engage, and are honored to have been selected as a Youth Engagement vendor to assist with the Operation Engage endeavor in all 11 cities in its first year of program implementation. Please visit dea.gov for more information on this important effort. 

 

We cannot do this work without your support, and students need you more than ever as we continue to navigate the challenging times of this ongoing pandemic. Together, we can make a difference in the life of a child! 

Staying active at home!
Staying active at home!
Nothing can stop these students from dancing!
Nothing can stop these students from dancing!
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