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Juvenile Programs

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

This year, 36 million school children around the world - 26 million of whom are in the U.S. - will benefit from D.A.R.E. The highly acclaimed program gives children the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, or violence.

  • Worthington has two D.A.R.E. officers - Kirk Honius (since 2000) and Dan Brouillet (since 2016).
  • Worthington has had fifth grade D.A.R.E. since 1993 and over 1,600 students have participated. The fifth grade program lasts for 17 weeks Worthington has had seventh grade D.A.R.E. since 1998. This program lasts for eleven weeks. We have a D.A.R.E. night at the YMCA sponsored by Wells Fargo and a D.A.R.E. trip to Arnolds Park each spring.
  • D.A.R.E. is supported by community members such as Wells Fargo, Optimist Club, Kiwanis, Men's VFW, Ladies VFW, YMCA, County Market, Hy-Vee, Appel Construction, Lioness Club, ISD 518, and many individual supporters. The parents and students of District 518 have only positive things to say about our D.A.R.E. program.

Description: Officer-led, in-classroom anti-drug, anti-gang, anti-violence program for school children around the world.

Founded: September 1983

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California

Mission: D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders.

Curriculum: Police Officers receive 80 hours of special training to be equipped with all the tools they need to teach a course in drug resistance and violence avoidance techniques.

D.A.R.E. Lessons Focus On: Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs teaching students decision-making skills showing them how to resist peer pressure giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use, violence and drugs.

Participating States and Countries: All 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Schools worldwide, and 52 countries around the world.

Trained Officers: About 49,000