The D.A.R.E. BC Society is a Canadian registered charity whose purpose is to empower the children of British Columbia with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to become safe and responsible citizens. The Society's primary mission is to support the RCMP's delivery of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) keepin it REAL (kiR) program to BC school children in Grades 5 and 6.
The Society was established over a decade ago in Prince George, BC. Since its inception over 100,000 BC school children have gone through the program, making D.A.R.E. kiR the most widely delivered youth drug prevention program in BC. Over 100 police officers teach the program each year to thousands of Grade 5 and 6 school children across British Columbia. D.A.R.E. kiR is the foundation of the RCMP's Community Prevention Education Continuum which is a community-lead, police-assisted, comprehensive drug prevention strategy encompassing youth from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.
"The program helps students think ahead about the possible consequences of drugs and alcohol. It provides excellent strategies for avoiding drugs and alcohol.”
“The D.A.R.E. Officers showed me respect. They taught me new ways of making decisions about drugs and alcohol".
-D.A.R.E. kiR Student
“This is our second child to complete the D.A.R.E. Program, and we still have another who will attend. Our first, now almost 16 years old, still benefits from what was taught. This program is a necessity for our children.”
-D.A.R.E. kiR Parent