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NCJ Number: 171331 Find in a Library
Title: D.A.R.E. and Other Youth Programs
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:25  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1998)  Pages:48-50,52,60
Author(s): K W Strandberg
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and other youth programs and presents the views of DARE America director Charlie Parsons regarding the program, its impacts, and ways it is being improved.
Abstract: DARE and similar programs seek to address the causes of problems and to prevent them before they start. DARE began in 1983 and is probably the best known and most widely implemented drug prevention program. Its core curriculum is a 17-week course. The curriculum has expanded and modified to include programs from kindergarten through grade 12; DARE is also concerned about gangs and violence. Communities, police, and elected officials like DARE. However, not much empirical data exists regarding its benefits; a recent study revealed little or no long-term effect. The program has received both positive and negative publicity. DARE is a national program with a national curriculum. Another program is Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) in Portland; SEI is a local program designed to serve the 60 percent of children who are average. SEI focuses on building individual relationships and ensuring that every child has an individual success program. Another program, Homeboy Industries, was established by a priest in the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles. This economic development program involves rival gang member who want to redirect their lives. The youths work together in productive jobs in three companies owned by the organization. Another approach is recommended by Professor Mary Jensen of Western Illinois University and author of a book on gangs. Jensen recommends a concerted, zero-tolerance approach that emphasizes the role teachers and involves parents and others as well. Jensen notes that teachers must be taught alternative methods of reaching at-risk children to help them be successful. The article concludes that youth-focused efforts are needed on many levels, including prevention, education, investigation, and arrest and that programs such as DARE and others are vital to the success of law enforcement efforts and the future of the United States. Photographs
Main Term(s): Project DARE
Index Term(s): Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs; Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Police crime-prevention; Services effectiveness; Violence prevention; Youth development
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