The DARE Kir (Drug Abuse Resistance Education Keepin' It Real) is the newest development of the DARE program delivered to grade 5 students by peace officers. The Kir curriculum for grade 7 has been present for a period of time and after studies about the program were conducted and proved to be amongst the top 3 overall federally-funded prevention program by the National Registry of Evidence-based programs and practices, Dr. Hecht developed the grade 5 curriculum, which has now been implemented throughout BC.
DARE Kir is a 10 lesson curriculum taught by trained classroom teachers (trained peace officers) in 45 minute sessions over 10 weeks. The curriculum is designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL). SEL identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including: self-awareness and management, responsible decision making, understanding others, relationship and communication skills and handling responsibilities and challenges.
The 10 lessons are arranges in a scaffolding process, starting with the basics about responsibility and decision making and then building on each other, allowing students to develop their own responses to real life situations.
For more information about DARE, go to the DARE BC website or the National DARE website.
Additional Links On Drug Awareness:
RCMP in BC - www.da.bc.rcmp.ca
National Anti-Drug Strategy, Drugs Not 4 Me - www.not4me.ca
Parent Further - www.mvparents.com
National Anti-Drug Straegy, Youth Drug Prevention - www.drugprevention.gc.ca
RCMP Centre for Youth Crime Prevention - deal.org