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Each year, D.A.R.E. America awards one member of its Youth Advocacy Board a $20,000 college scholarship. This year, New Jersey Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) member Julia Manning was named the recipient of the 2019 D.A.R.E. America Louis ‘Skip’ Miller National Scholarship recipient.

During her acceptance speech to over 500 attendees at the Annual International D.A.R.E. Training Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Julia stated, “My life changed for the better once I was selected to be the New Jersey Youth Advocacy Board member. D.A.R.E. has provided and reinforced many of the leadership skills I possess today.”

During her three years as a YAB, some of the many projects she completed included:

  • Implementing D.A.R.E. at the middle school and high school levels;
  • Implementing the K-12 opioid drug abuse prevention lesson program;
  • Creating PSA videos about the dangers of opioids;
  • Conducting DWI reenactments at her school before prom and graduation;
  • Having recovering addicts speak to the health classes about their struggle with addiction and how they have sought help;
  • Helping Park Ridge Police Department bring the “NOT EVEN ONCE” programs to the junior health students. This program educates students on the dangers of opiates;
  • Speaking at the 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduations in her town; and
  • Participating in local town events such as; “coffee with a cop”, Back to “scoop” night, Elks “walk out on drugs”, and speaking to the middle school and underclassman about her experience with D.A.R.E.

“I am grateful that D.A.R.E. has given me the opportunity to travel the world and develop more skills while learning and meeting new people. D.A.R.E. taught me to live and lead a healthy lifestyle by resisting drug and alcohol abuse and violence, as well as giving me the strength and motivation to reinforce these lifestyle choices in others,” stated Julia as her closing message to her fellow YABs and all in attendance.

Award Nominations for the 2020 D.A.R.E. Awards

Award Nominations for the 2020 D.A.R.E. Awards

D.A.R.E. America is accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards:

  • D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, 
  • Daryl F. Gates D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement, 
  • D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, and
  • D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year. 

Recipients of these prestigious awards…

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

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Osage Student Wins State D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

Osage Student Wins State D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

A school-wide celebration was held last week in honor of Osage Middle School student Ashley Muhs, who won the 2018-19 state D.A.R.E. essay contest. Muhs, who is a seventh-grader this fall, wasn’t able to attend the state D.A.R.E. convention over the summer to read her winning essay aloud…

Local School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, Recognized by the State

Local School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, Recognized by the State

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl is this year’s Larry R. Cox D.A.R.E Officer of the Year. “I love doing what I’m doing. I love coming here to Otsego. Couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Ruckstuhl. The D.A.R.E officer has been teaching D.A.R.E classes at Otsego Local Schools for 6 years…

Fifth-Grade Student Wins Kansas D.A.R.E Essay Contest

Fifth-Grade Student Wins Kansas D.A.R.E Essay Contest

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A fifth-grade student from El Paso Elementary School has been named the winner of the D.A.R.E essay contest, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Lauren Wilson, a 5th-grade student from Derby Kansas, participated in the Derby...

El Paso Student Wins Statewide D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

El Paso Student Wins Statewide D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

Lauren Wilson, a Derby North Middle School student, said she was shocked to be announced as the statewide winner of the D.A.R.E. essay contest. Lauren Wilson says she would have entered an essay contest for the statewide D.A.R.E. program even if it hadn’t been a...

Mt. Vernon Student Named State Rep for International D.A.R.E Board

Mt. Vernon Student Named State Rep for International D.A.R.E Board

FORTVILLE — Indiana’s new representative on an international youth board for drug abuse education is from Hancock County. Maitlyn Griner, a Greenfield resident and sophomore at Mt. Vernon High School, is settling into her new role of representing the state on the...

Report from Asia Brown, YAB Member from Alabama, on National Night Out

Report from Asia Brown, YAB Member from Alabama, on National Night Out

On yesterday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office hosted its National Night Out celebration at the Home Depot (Chantilly). I had the privilege of being a part of this community event while representing D.A.R.E. There were first responders, The Pike Road Volunteer...

Tazewell Deputy Recognized As D.A.R.E. Officer Of The Year

Tazewell Deputy Recognized As D.A.R.E. Officer Of The Year

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WOAY) – Deputy Landon Hieatt of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office was recognized at the 2019 Virginia School Safety Training Forum in Hampton, Virginia on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, as the recipient of the Bentowski-Eanes Virginia D.A.R.E....

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