Las Vegas YDP Drug Abuse Education Seminar
As last reported, in March 2020, the DEA Educational Foundation had to quickly pivot to online learning in order to make a critical reach to the youth and neighborhoods we serve. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has lead to many challenges, especially for an organization that strongly believes in human-to-human interaction. But, in spite of the challenges, we quickly realized that our youth need positive programming and mentors in their lives at this time more than ever. Throughout the summer the foundation continued with the Happy at Home project, reaching current students through mini-video where instructors sent inspirational messages and short choreography clips to our current Youth Dance Program (YDP) students. In addition, the foundation continued to reach children across the country through our school partnerships, the Boys and Girls Club, multiple youth centers and the Dream Academy. We offered multipe virtual dance class series and workshops, virtual drug education presentations with our partner, DEA, and we came together with our partners for special projects such as "United We Dance," to show our unity in staying healthy, strong, and drugfree.
As we enter into the fall we anticipate reaching nearly every one of our 2019 cities, as well as new cities, through our recently piloted virtual dance class programming and through special awareness performances as well. We have begun to work with school and youth center partners across the country to establish regular scheduling through in school and after school programming, we are working with DEA on a Red Ribbon "dance challenge" and we are developing awareness projects in multiple cities, such as a youth summit in Las Vegas. In addition to dance, the DEA Educational Foundation will be offering classes in art, baseball, martial arts and soccer, starting a virtual educational speaker series for both parents and teens and the foundaiton will host a drug abuse awareness concert/gala in Nashville, Tennessee. The DEA Educational Foundation looks forward to continuing to reach thousands of youth this fall, bringing them hope, empowerment, happiness and a healthy focus.
Wilmington, DE YDP Virtual Class
YDP Class with Dream Academy