Dare to say no! D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:
- Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Teaching students good decision-making skills.
- Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
- Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.
D.A.R.E. officers work with children to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs. Through role-playing, the D.A.R.E. curriculum emphasizes the negative consequences of drug and alcohol use, and reinforces the skills to resist peer pressure and intimidation.