ERIC Number: ED313650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Invitation to Project DARE: Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Program Brief.
Marx, Eva; DeJong, William
Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a substance use prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. This unique program, which was developed in 1983 as a cooperative effort by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. Project DARE gives special attention to fifth and sixth grades to prepare students for entry into junior high and high school, where they are most likely to encounter pressures to use drugs. DARE lessons focus on four major areas: providing accurate information about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; teaching students decision-making skills; showing students how to resist peer pressure; and giving students ideas for alternatives to drug use. Noteworthy features of the program are the following: (1) DARE targets elementary school children; (2) DARE offers a highly structured, intensive curriculum developed by health education specialists; (3) DARE uses uniformed law enforcement officers to conduct the class; and (4) DARE represents a long-term solution to a problem that has developed over many years. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.