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A Vital Mission…
              to Fulfill a Vision

              The D.A.R.E. Mis-

              “Teaching stu-
              dents good deci-
              sion-making skills
              to help them lead
              safe and healthy
              The D.A.R.E. Vision

              “A world in which
              students every-
              where are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence,
              substance use, and other dangerous behaviors.”

              Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, vi-
              sionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School Dis-
              trict in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention
              education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
              With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading
              to rapid growth and expansion. As each decade passed and success increased, the
              challenges facing children and families also grew. Today, through the leadership of
              D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work
              of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America and around the
              globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission… to fulfill a vision.

              There are numerous reasons for D.A.R.E.’s success. Its unparalleled delivery system
              utilizing law enforcement officers as instructors and the fact that it was the first pro-
              gram of its kind anywhere in the world have individually and collectively played a
              critical role in D.A.R.E.’s growth and expansion. However, to remain relevant, effective,
              and impactful requires much more… it requires the critical review and substantive
              contributions of highly respected experts in the field of education, science, and law
              enforcement. And it also needs the intelligent comments and recommendations of
              the program’s audience – school children. To this end, several years ago D.A.R.E. es-
              tablished key Advisory Committees, the members of which are actively engaged in the
              development and implementation of virtually all aspects of the D.A.R.E. program.

              D.A.R.E. America is “recognized to be exempt from Federal Income Tax as described
              in Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3)”. The Articles of Incorporation also state
              D.A.R.E. America “is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corpora-
              tions Law for charitable purposes.” The D.A.R.E. Federal tax ID number is 95-4242541.

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