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

Project Report | Mar 19, 2024
2024 First Quarter: DEAEF Success in Dancing Out Drugs!

By Jill L. Roberts | President and CEO

DEAEF YDP students at Granite State Dance Center
DEAEF YDP students at Granite State Dance Center

The DEA Educational Foundation has danced into 2024 with an even greater motivation to bring our communities positive and healthy alternatives to drug abuse and misuse and to provide prevention education to our youth. With the continued loss of so many Americans due to the fentanyl epidemic we must increase our educational reach and outlets with strong mentorship and, most importantly, instill hope.

For 12 years the DEAEF Youth Dance Program has provided important education, team building, exercise and a place for artistic expression for America's youth. Since 2012, the DEAEF YDP students in dozens of cities have learned many styles of dance such as ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, cultural dance and more.

This year, in one of our current programs in Massachussetts, students said, "Dance can help you stay healthy and it can make you feel happy, and that helps you stay away from drugs and other bad things."  and "...dance keeps you healthy and keeps your mind off other things." Also, in one of our recent programs, partner Granite State Dance Center held a winter break camp focusing on drug awareness, expressive visual art, dance choreography and more. Our school programs and the winter camp gave youth a safe and fun place to go, all while focusing on health and camraderie.

In 2024, we anticipate the DEAEF Youth Dance Program will reach 60 cities nationwide and our waitlist will continue to grow. We are thankful to our talented and dedicated dance companies and instructors. In 2024, we look forward to continuing our mission of “Empowering Youth, One Step at a Time" and dancing out drugs!

Students in Manchester dance as a positive outlet!
Students in Manchester dance as a positive outlet!
Youth Dance Program Performers and Mentors
Youth Dance Program Performers and Mentors

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