D.A.R.E. America http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:14:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Koby Yoshimi, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Hawaii Representative http://www.dare.org/koby-yoshimi-d-a-r-e-america-youth-advisory-board-hawaii-representative/ http://www.dare.org/koby-yoshimi-d-a-r-e-america-youth-advisory-board-hawaii-representative/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:28:31 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16363 My name is Koby Yoshimi, I am Hawaii’s D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board representative. I am currently a sophomore in high school and a member of the student government and school orchestra. Outside of school, I am the founder and student adviser of Club No Smoking, a school club I started in middle school as well […]

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My name is Koby Yoshimi, I am Hawaii’s D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board representative. I am currently a sophomore in high school and a member of the student government and school orchestra. Outside of school, I am the founder and student adviser of Club No Smoking, a school club I started in middle school as well as a moderator in the game Onverse. I love anything that has to do with commercial jet travel as well as promoting a tobacco free and drug free lifestyle. I look forward to representing my state in the years to come!

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State to receive school safety grants http://www.dare.org/state-to-receive-school-safety-grants/ http://www.dare.org/state-to-receive-school-safety-grants/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:54:43 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16334 Photo by Éovart Caçeir. From www.stltoday.com. Illinois will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants that aim to improve safety in the classroom through both emergency management and comprehensive prevention efforts that address students’ social and emotional needs, according to a press release. The funds, funneled through two U.S. Department of Education grants, reflect ongoing state […]

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From www.stltoday.com.

Illinois will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants that aim to improve safety in the classroom through both emergency management and comprehensive prevention efforts that address students’ social and emotional needs, according to a press release.

The funds, funneled through two U.S. Department of Education grants, reflect ongoing state and national efforts to better prepare for school emergencies as well to improve methods of discipline and support for struggling students.

“These funds reflect an investment in safety and greater academic success,’’ State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch said. “Developing positive school climates and improving school discipline policies and practices are critical steps to raising academic achievement and supporting student success.”

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Illinois with two school-related grants:

  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will receive $1,098,250 in funding for up to 18 months through the School Emergency Management Grant Program to help school districts develop and implement high-quality school emergency operations plans.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant Program funds comprehensive efforts to reduce school violence through mental health services. In Illinois, nearly $800,000 will be distributed over the course of five years to the following three districts: Alton Community Unit School District 11 in Alton ($255,170), Zion Elementary School District 6 in Zion ($214,973) and Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 in Sandoval ($320,965).

Under the School Emergency Management Grant Program, Illinois will provide or expand training and technical assistance to school districts. ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to improve safety in schools. These two agencies will establish the Illinois Educational Safety & Security Center (IESSC) to serve as clearinghouse for best practices, technical assistance and training.

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Be Safe Online: Heath Department of Public Safety Seminar http://www.dare.org/be-safe-online-heath-department-of-public-safety-seminar/ http://www.dare.org/be-safe-online-heath-department-of-public-safety-seminar/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:44:19 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16331 From Blue Ribbon News. HEATH, TX (October 28, 2014) How do you keep personal and password information protected? How do you conduct secure transactions over the web? How do you keep kids from communicating with predators online? Learn these important tips and more at a seminar on Internet Safety for Children & Adults presented by […]

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From Blue Ribbon News.

HEATH, TX (October 28, 2014) How do you keep personal and password information protected? How do you conduct secure transactions over the web? How do you keep kids from communicating with predators online?

Learn these important tips and more at a seminar on Internet Safety for Children & Adults presented by the Heath Department of Public Safety on Thursday, November 13.

Sponsored by the Antigua Bay Homeowner’s Association, the safety program will be held at the Heath City Hall Community Room and begins with refreshments and a meet-and-greet at 6:45 p.m. Heath DPS Detective Brian Burton will begin the program at 7:15 p.m.

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Professors speak on medical marijuana legalization panel on Friday, offer blunt opinions http://www.dare.org/professors-speak-on-medical-marijuana-legalization-panel-on-friday-offer-blunt-opinions/ http://www.dare.org/professors-speak-on-medical-marijuana-legalization-panel-on-friday-offer-blunt-opinions/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:16:07 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16325 From The Independent Florida Alligator. College professors butted heads over the medical marijuana issue during a discussion on the topic at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, debated with Harvard University professor Bertha Madras at the marijuana legalization panel hosted by the […]

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From The Independent Florida Alligator.

College professors butted heads over the medical marijuana issue during a discussion on the topic at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.

Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, debated with Harvard University professor Bertha Madras at the marijuana legalization panel hosted by the Florida Law Review.

At the event, Hart said medical marijuana should be legalized because the potential for abuse is equivalent to a legal prescription drug.

Madras, a professor of psychobiology, disagreed with Hart.

She said marijuana should be in the schedule 1 drug rating category, which includes heroin.

“Marijuana is a plant with THC levels that vary between 1 and 15 percent, so you really can’t call that a medicine,”she said. “The FDA will never approve it until the therapeutic window, safety window and long-term consequences are known.”

Panelist Scott Teitelbaum, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UF, sided with Madras in saying marijuana is dangerous and has addiction liability.

“You don’t smoke medicines, and you don’t vote on them to become legal,” Teitelbaum said. “The plant has over 400 chemicals, so it’s clearly not a safe medicinal option.”

Two other panelists at the discussion focused on the growth of efforts for medical marijuana legalization at the state level and where federal law comes into play.

Florida voters will decide on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes on Nov. 4.

“We are in a new world now when it comes to marijuana research,” said panelist Beau Kilmer, a senior policy researcher at the Research and Development Corporation Kilmer.

“I think we are going to get better information about what people are consuming, and we will continue to make strides in science and the economy.”

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Red Ribbon Week takes first strides with 5K http://www.dare.org/red-ribbon-week-takes-first-strides-with-5k/ http://www.dare.org/red-ribbon-week-takes-first-strides-with-5k/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:04:03 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16321 Staff Sgt. Shane Makary, ordinance maintenance platoon sergeant, Combat Logistics Batalion 13, receives a trophy for coming in second place during the Red Ribbon Week 5K race at Desert Winds Golf Course, Oct. 23, 2014. From Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Daren the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Lion diligently led […]

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Staff Sgt. Shane Makary, ordinance maintenance platoon sergeant, Combat Logistics Batalion 13, receives a trophy for coming in second place during the Red Ribbon Week 5K race at Desert Winds Golf Course, Oct. 23, 2014.

From Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Daren the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Lion diligently led the group of runners in some motivational stretches. The runners anxiously waited for the count down. 3 … 2 … 1: the siren blared and the crowd of runners launched from the starting line with each participant maneuvering their way through the pack.

The first Red Ribbon Week 5K run was held at the Desert Winds Golf Course, Oct. 23, 2014. Red Ribbon Week is a time when the nation promotes drug awareness and education for adults and children of this country.

“We are trying to commemorate Enrique Camarena, who represents Red Ribbon Week,” said Joven Caguioa, drug abuse prevention, Marine Corps Community Services. “Every year between Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, the whole country pauses to reflect back on drug abuse.”

Camarena was a U.S. Marine who joined the Calexico Police Department in Calexico, Calif., as a criminal investigator in 1970. In 1973, he started working as a narcotics investigator with the El Centro Police Department, where he stayed until 1974. That year, he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Seven years later, he received orders to Mexico where he worked at the Guadalajara Resident Office. For four and a half years, he worked on stopping marijuana and cocaine traffickers in Mexico. In 1985 he was kidnaped and killed.

“Red Ribbon Week is about Enrique Camarena who was a DEA agent that was killed in Mexico,” said Michelle Godfrey, domestic violence prevention, MCCS. “It did not get national attention until [later that year] when First Lady Nancy Reagan declared ‘America should be drug free.’”

The Red Ribbon Week campaign was not formalized until 1988, three years after Camarena’s death.

Combat Center service members, Spouses, children, and MCCS employees participated in the race against drug use.

“They are trying to establish a drug free community,” said Staff Sgt. Shane Makary, ordinance maintenance platoon sergeant, Combat Logistics Battalion 13. “I feel that [a drug-free community] is important. It will snowball into making the community better overall.”

Godfrey and Caguioa plan to continue sponsoring Red Ribbon Week. Next year they hope to make the event larger and move from a five-kilometer race to a half marathon.

For more information in Red Ribbon Week or upcoming MCCS events, please call (760)-830- 6344.

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EVHS freshman to represent Virginia on D.A.R.E. youth board http://www.dare.org/evhs-freshman-to-represent-virginia-on-d-a-r-e-youth-board/ http://www.dare.org/evhs-freshman-to-represent-virginia-on-d-a-r-e-youth-board/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:47:55 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16315 From The Star Exponent. Eastern View High School freshman Caitlin Walker is not yet decided on a career path, but she admires local law enforcement and stands ready to help her neighbor. That admiration and activism is translating to hands-on leadership with her recent appointment as the sole Virginia representative to the D.A.R.E. America Youth […]

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From The Star Exponent.

Eastern View High School freshman Caitlin Walker is not yet decided on a career path, but she admires local law enforcement and stands ready to help her neighbor. That admiration and activism is translating to hands-on leadership with her recent appointment as the sole Virginia representative to the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board.

The Youth Advisory Board, initiated by D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) America in 2000, is comprised of 50 members – one per state – selected through a statewide search. The board of young people provides insight to D.A.R.E. America about the dangers they face and what can be done to help them lead safe and healthy lives free of violence, drugs and other negative behaviors.

“They are the voice of the youth for D.A.R.E. America,” said Rosaida Dumaliang, liaison for the advisory board, with the L.A. based organization founded more than 30 years ago. “Whenever we need youth feedback, we go to them first.”

Eastern View High School freshman Caitlin Walker, third from left, was recently named a state representative to the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board. Surrounding her, left to right, are Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jesse McClanahan, CCSO Sgt. Joseph Curtis, CCSO Deputy Melvin White, EVHS Principal E. G. Bradshaw, Jr., CCSO Deputy Dana Martz, CCSO Deputy Robert Hefner, Corporal Marshall Keene, Harrisonburg Police Officer Mike Gangloff and Capt. Curtis Hawkins.

Eastern View High School freshman Caitlin Walker, third from left, was recently named a state representative to the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board. Surrounding her, left to right, are Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse McClanahan, CCSO Sgt. Joseph Curtis, CCSO Deputy Melvin White, EVHS Principal E. G. Bradshaw, Jr., CCSO Deputy Dana Martz, CCSO Deputy Robert Hefner, Corporal Marshall Keene, Harrisonburg Police Officer Mike Gangloff and Capt. Curtis Hawkins.

Though advisory board members are appointed at the state level, the national organization provides guidelines for selection, she said, including being accomplished academically and involved in the community.

Walker easily met both of those requirements.

The 14-year-old is taking honors classes at EVHS where she is earning top marks and is involved in athletics. In addition, for the past three summers, she has attended and helped with the sports camps hosted by the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office. It was there that she first came in contact with local law enforcement, said her mother, Frances Hackley-Walker.

“Her attitude and will impressed them and they invited her to enroll in the youth academy offered this past summer,” she said. “Caitlin really enjoyed that week learning the many aspects of law enforcement.”

A CCSO deputy called the local mom at the start of the school year about an opening on the national youth advisory board, saying her daughter would be a wonderful fit, Hackley-Walker said.

“Caitlin wrote an impressive essay that accompanied her application and received several recommendations from teachers,” she said. “I am very proud of her and her appointment! She is a very smart and loving child and I love that she is always willing to help and does so willingly and happily.”

Last December, in fact, it was Caitlin – riding in the car with her mom and brothers on the way to school – who spotted an elderly man lying in his yard following an ice storm. Her keen observation skills likely saved the man’s life, who had been lying unnoticed on the ground for more than 30 minutes.

Hackley-Walker said she is proud of her daughter’s four-year appointment to the D.A.R.E. youth board, and excited at the opportunities it will afford her. Caitlin said she has enjoyed her time working with local law enforcement.

“It was really fun,” she said.

As for her upcoming work on the D.A.R.E. board, that should be “not too hard of a job,” said Walker, who graduated in sixth grade from the CCSO program. Upon her high school graduation, Walker will earn a $2,500 scholarship for her service on the youth board and will be eligible for the $20,000 D.A.R.E. scholarship.

Dumaliang, with the national D.A.R.E. program, said members of the youth board typically travel from all over the country for an annual conference. The past few years it’s been held at the D.E.A. Training Academy in Quantico. This year’s conference date and location has not yet been finalized, she said.

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Thanks, Officer Batman http://www.dare.org/thanks-officer-batman/ http://www.dare.org/thanks-officer-batman/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:40:13 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16312 Pickerington Police Officer Dan Simcox gets a hug from new Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduate Katie Nash, 11, following graduation Friday, Oct. 17, at Harmon Middle School. From PICKERINGTON TIMES-SUN. Pickerington Police Officer Dan Simcox led a group of 77 students through D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies Friday, Oct. 17, at Harmon Middle School. The D.A.R.E. program, designed to […]

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Pickerington Police Officer Dan Simcox gets a hug from new Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduate Katie Nash, 11, following graduation Friday, Oct. 17, at Harmon Middle School.

From PICKERINGTON TIMES-SUN.

Pickerington Police Officer Dan Simcox led a group of 77 students through D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies Friday, Oct. 17, at Harmon Middle School.

The D.A.R.E. program, designed to teach kids about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and bullying, is provided by the Pickerington Police Department in each of the Pickerington Local School District’s three middle schools.

Simcox, who has led the local D.A.R.E. program since 2000 is preparing to retire from the police department in 2015.

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MURRIETA: Red Ribbon Week Prime Time for D.A.R.E. Message http://www.dare.org/murrieta-red-ribbon-week-prime-time-for-dare-message/ http://www.dare.org/murrieta-red-ribbon-week-prime-time-for-dare-message/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:30:02 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16306 From Daily Southern California News. The Murrieta Police Department’s Traffic Division Officers and School Resource Officers recently completed a series of presentations at local elementary schools for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Red Ribbon Week.  The presentations, like this one at Oak Meadows Elementary School, focused on the D.A.R.E. message of making good decisions and […]

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From Daily Southern California News.

The Murrieta Police Department’s Traffic Division Officers and School Resource Officers recently completed a series of presentations at local elementary schools for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Red Ribbon Week.  The presentations, like this one at Oak Meadows Elementary School, focused on the D.A.R.E. message of making good decisions and avoiding drugs and violence.

The Murrieta Police Department strongly supports the D.A.R.E. Program in the Murrieta Unified School District (MVUSD).  “As the name indicates, the program focuses on avoiding drug and tobacco use.  What many are unaware of though, is the D.A.R.E. message also focuses heavily on making appropriate and good decisions as these 5th graders mature.” Stated Jay Froboese, Traffic Sergeant with the Murrieta Police Department.

“A lot of time is spent on peer pressure and how this can positively or negatively affect a young person,” Froboese said. “Time is spent on the importance of picking good friends, and having a supportive network of friends that make good decisions about their lives at home, during their free time, and at school.  Lastly, some instructional time is spent on what police officers do for the community.  This helps put a human face on the job of law enforcement and teaches kids that police officers are their friends, approachable, and can be used as a resource for good advice and help as they mature.”

This program is supported and has been taught by Murrieta officers from some of our newest officers up through Corporals, Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, and even our Chief of Police Sean Hadden.

“It is purposely targeted at 5th graders.” Froboese stated of the curriculum is designed to reach out to 5th graders as they approach middle school age.

“In middle school, these now young adults traditionally begin to experience more peer pressure and additional freedoms at home and after school.  The D.A.R.E. program feels this is the most likely time they will be faced with some of the tough decisions we discuss in the program.” Froboese said.

The Murrieta Police Department encourages MVUSD staff to work through their School Resource Officers if they would like to have officers present for Red Ribbon week or any other D.A.R.E. related activity.  “We are more than happy to help to help out with officers, SWAT, motors, and equestrian appearances for your activities, stated Froboese.

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Supervalu Surprises Minnesota D.A.R.E. Program at Annual Golf Scramble http://www.dare.org/supervalu-surprises-minnesota-d-a-r-e-program-at-annual-golf-scramble/ http://www.dare.org/supervalu-surprises-minnesota-d-a-r-e-program-at-annual-golf-scramble/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:36:10 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16283 Waconia, MN—SUPERVALU surprised Minnesota D.A.R.E. at their Annual Golf Scramble in Waconia with a new D.A.R.E. Logo Tractor Trailer.  This trailer is now the third D.A.R.E. logo trailer in the SUPERVALU fleet.  SUPERVALU also purchased a new chromed-out tractor to pull the trailer when it is going out for show. SUPERVALU has been the largest […]

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Waconia, MN—SUPERVALU surprised Minnesota D.A.R.E. at their Annual Golf Scramble in Waconia with a new D.A.R.E. Logo Tractor Trailer.  This trailer is now the third D.A.R.E. logo trailer in the SUPERVALU fleet.  SUPERVALU also purchased a new chromed-out tractor to pull the trailer when it is going out for show.

SUPERVALU has been the largest corporate donor of the Minnesota D.A.R.E. program for over 20 years; sponsoring a large number of D.A.R.E. events, statewide, annually.  The D.A.R.E. trailers are just one way they support the program in the local communities.  These trailers can be requested by SUPERVALU stores to deliver their product and to be on display at special events.

Approximately 250, specially-trained, D.A.R.E. law enforcement officers are instructing over 70,000 students annually in the state of Minnesota.  The D.A.R.E. logo is a symbol of the commitment these students made during their D.A.R.E. program to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  SUPERVALU joins Minnesota D.A.R.E. in reminding students of this pledge.

Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a prevention and education program that advocates and educates for healthy and safe children.  D.A.R.E. serves young people and their families teaching the skills to make positive decisions, provides education on safe and healthy lifestyles and gives the tools to enable them to resist engaging in negative and violent behaviors.  Over 25 million students have been reached worldwide.

For more information, contact MNDARE@aol.com or go to www.mndare.org.

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