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
National Dance Day: DC
National Dance Day: DC

This summer, children around the country are participating in workshops and camps with the DEA Youth Dance Program, providing a positive, safe and inspiring environment for at-risk and in-need students. Students awarded scholarships at the end of our spring sessions have been able to continue growing their skills through classes at local studios. With the end of the summer season fast approaching, we are hard at work preparing for another fantastic fall, introducing the DEA Youth Dance Program to students in Salt Lake City, UT, Knoxville, TN and Baltimore, MD through the DEA 360 Strategy, in addition to our programming in dozens of other cities throughout the nation.  

 

Last weekend, DEA YDP students in Southern California and Washington DC participated in a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity at National Dance Day. Performing for hundreds, these students showed off their dance technique, and joined other dancers at this nationwide celebration of dance, helmed by the Dizzy Feet Foundation. The DEA YDP is thrilled to have been invited to participate for multiple years, showcasing our students and dance company partners, in community with an array of dance organizations at The Kennedy Center in DC and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. The DEA Field Office in Washington DC even got in on the action, joining us to spread our message of prevention through positive, healthy activities such as dance. We are grateful for these opportunities to share our passion of dance as a positive alternative to drug use, and to the DEA for their continued support.

 

The DEA YDP One Step at a Time campaign is entering its 2nd year. This campaign assists us in reaching thousands of children with prevention education through dance, as well as enabling us to grow to accommodate our extensive waitlist both in cities currently receiving DEA YDP programming, and new cities in critical need of after-school opportunities for at-risk students. Any and all contributions are much appreciated to help us reach even more children, spreading joy and health through the beautiful, expressive and powerful art of dance! 

National Dance Day: Orange County
National Dance Day: Orange County
National Dance Day: OC
National Dance Day: OC
Audience at National Dance Day: DC
Audience at National Dance Day: DC
Students performing at National Dance Day: OC
Students performing at National Dance Day: OC
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Spring 2018 DEA YDP
Spring 2018 DEA YDP

This school year is ending with many exciting opportunities to spread awareness of the positive DEA Youth Dance Program message! The New Jersey Youth Summit and Albuquerque Summit and Career Day was attended by student dancers and DEA YDP dance company partners. Youth Dancers from Brooklyn Park Elementary wowed attendees of a special event in Baltimore this month!

 

We continue to focus on opioid abuse through a wonderful partnership with DEA 360, a comprehensive approach to combatting the heroin and opioid crisis bridging law enforcement, diversion control and community outreach through local partners. The DEA YDP is pleased to offer expanded programming in the coming year through DEA 360.

 

The DEA Youth Dance Program looks forward to a busy summer with summer programming, dance camps, and scholarship programs. We thank you for your continued support of students across the nation, many of whom experience exposure to dance for the first time through the DEA Youth Dance Program. Together, we can lift up these young people and empower them to make a lifetime of healthy choices! 

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DEA YDP Demonstration in DC
DEA YDP Demonstration in DC

As we enter into the 2018 Year, we are struck by the incredible diversity of our students and instructors around the country, and how dance, as a vehicle, truly has the ability to influence youth from all backgrounds. We recently translated our registration and evaluation forms into Swahili, one of our classes is made up of primarily refugee children and our YDP students come from an array of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.  The DEA YDP teachers provide a wonderful diversity in dance styles (with classes being taught in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, samba and more), and the life paths that have lead our teachers to mentoring youth differs tremendously. No matter what the circumstance or background, all our student dancers and teachers are united in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and positive choices through dance!

 

We are thrilled to be continuing as a community partner with DEA 360, adding 4 new strategy areas this year: Philadelphia, Newark, Salt Lake City and South Jersey (Atlantic, Camden and Ocean counties). DEA 360 is a comprehensive approach bridging local law enforcement, DEA, DOJ and community partners to combat opioid and heroin abuse in select cities across the nation.

 

The DEA YDP Campaign “One Step at a Time” continues to expand. This spring we will be hosting special events in Baltimore and New York to raise awareness about drug abuse and how communities can come together to help our youth and families. The DEA Youth Dance Program remains committed to sharing our impassioned message of resisting drugs through the art of DANCE! Thank you for your continued support! 

Demonstration in Philadelphia of Hoofing Tap!
Demonstration in Philadelphia of Hoofing Tap!
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National Dance Day
National Dance Day

The DEA Youth Dance Program is happy to be launching free dance classes for at-risk and underserved youth in schools from California to New York! We’ve had a busy summer, and look forward to a fun fall!

 

In July, DEA YDP students from Van Nuys, CA and Washington, DC performed at events for National Dance Day at both Grand Park LA and The Kennedy Center. Our dancers impressed hundreds in the crowd with their moves, and positive approach to healthy living through dance. This summer, we were also able to offer students around the country a safe and fun activity through dance workshops and scholarships to local dance studios.

 

We continue to enjoy a powerful partnership with DEA 360, a comprehensive approach bridging DEA, law enforcement, DOJ and community partners to combat heroin and opioid drug abuse in select cities nationwide. Through DEA 360, we are able to reach even more students with our message of drug abuse prevention through the art of dance. Stay tuned for exciting updates on this program!

 

Last week, The DEA Educational Foundation honored filmmaker Michael Mann with a spectacular evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Student dancers from Sylvan Park Elementary, under the expert tutelage of DEA YDP instructor Stephanie Reed, took to the stage with some very special guests. DEA Agents surprised the crowd by joining our young dancers in a fantastic routine, and showcasing the extraordinary support and mentorship students receive from DEA. Our teaching partner, Culture Shock LA, performed amazing choreography and treated the audience to some impressive freestyle dance.

 

We are looking forward to a wonderful fall season, bringing dance to kids across the country as an alternative to drugs and violence. Thank you for your continued support of The DEA Youth Dance Program!  

National Dance Day
National Dance Day
National Dance Day
National Dance Day
DEA EF Michael Mann Event
DEA EF Michael Mann Event
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We are proud to be partnering with GlobalGiving for the United Nations International Youth Week 2017 (August 7th – August 11th), the theme of which is “Youth Building Peace.” Students participating in The DEA Youth Dance Program learn important skills of team-building, self-esteem development, and healthy lifestyle habits to create peace in their communities by resisting drugs and violence. 

Recognizing the national drug crisis and how it preys on the children of our country, we are using the occasion of the DEA YDP’s Fifth Year Anniversary to launch “Inspiring Youth, One Step at a Time,” a national initiative to strengthen DEA YDP’s impact to provide students with the healthy outlet of dance as a positive alternative to drug abuse and violence. Emerging trends in drug usage among young people are very frightening, and prescription drug abuse is now the fastest growing drug problem in America today. This initiative not only celebrates our commitment to healthy, drug-free children who learn and succeed in school and life, but it will allow us to strengthen our impact of providing environments for children during the afterschool hours when they are most at risk for unhealthy behavior and choices. Simply stated, never before has our need to educate young people on the dangers of drug abuse been greater because every child deserves a chance to succeed.

There is a critical, urgent need to provide positive after-school arts education programs for at-risk and underserved youth. Your contribution will help us to reach our goal of “Inspiring Youth One Step At A Time.”

 To Donate to our International Youth Week Campaign, please visit our page on GlobalGiving at:https://goto.gg/10083 

 All recurring donations will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving!

Thank you for your continued support of The DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program! 

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DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program

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