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D.A.R.E. MS

The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program began in Mississippi in 1988. It started out in only a few departments. Now there are over 125 certified officers in this state alone. Students are now taught various aspects of the D.A.R.E. Program in K – 12th grades.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, the pioneer prevention effort founded in Los Angeles in 1983, is high-tech, interactive, and decision-model-based. Gleaming with the latest in prevention science and teaching techniques, D.A.R.E. has reinvented itself as part of a major national research study that promises to help teachers and administrators cope with ever-evolving federal prevention program requirements and the thorny issues of school violence, budget cuts, and terrorism.

Gone is the old-style approach to prevention in which an officer stands behind a podium and lectures students in straight rows. D.A.R.E. officers are now trained as “coaches” to support kids who are using research-based refusal strategies in high-stakes peer-pressure environments. D.A.R.E. students are now getting to see for themselves — via multimedia — tangible proof of how substances diminish mental activity, emotions, coordination and movement.

With research showing that adolescents, in particular, need to be involved in the learning process, experts shifted the focus in the D.A.R.E. curriculum to include officer-facilitated work, discussion groups, and role-playing sessions. D.A.R.E. is now about giving kids the skills and information they need to make good life choices.

 

D.A.R.E. Officer Updates

2021 Scholarship Opportunities

The DARE Officers Association of MS is pleased to announce the availability for three $500 scholarships. Please download the following TWO pages for more information and details. DUE DATE IS APRIL 2, 2021. All packets must be received by 5pm on this date. 2021 MISSISSIPPI DARE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES cover letter 1 2021 DARE Officers Association […]

2021 State Training In-Service

June 14, 2021 We will offer an In-Service that will run in conjunction with the week of the MASRO conference The training hours are approved by MDOE Registration – NO COST – Training, lunch, materials, & supplies are provided DARE Officer of the Year Form (coming soon) Administrator/Educator of the Year Form (coming soon) Nomination […]

2021 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2021 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Trainings February 22 – March 4, 2021 Louisville, MS $1,499 (includes lodging, lunches, breaks, supplies, materials, and registration) DARE Officer Training Application Contact: Lt. Sheri Hall – 662.871.4807 SEND EMAIL