What is D.A.R.E.?
D.A.R.E. is an acronym for “drug, abuse, resistance, education”; however, D.A.R.E. is more than teaching kids about the dangers of underage drinking, smoking tobacco and illicit drug use. The D.A.R.E. program teaches youths the skills needed to make safe and responsible decisions that enable them to avoid risky behaviors that can cause injury and death. Each of the Keepin’ it REAL curriculum contain 10 lessons taught by a uniformed police officer. Lessons focus on facts and health effects of alcohol and tobacco, communication, safe and responsible decision-making, problem-solving, resistance strategies, and how to identify and report unsafe situations such as bullying.
The D.A.R.E. Program is funded by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Friends of Livonia.