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School Programs Since 1990 The Hinsdale Police Department has presented the D.A.R.E. Program in all of Hinsdale Grade Schools. Our D.A.R.E. Officers present these D.A.R.E. programs. 

D.A.R.E. CORE PROGRAM Is a 10-week program designed to give young people the facts about drugs and alcohol and provide skills to resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. The program helps children raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own and help them identify positive alternatives to substance abuse, and other destructive behaviors.

D.A.R.E. JR. High/Middle School Curriculum
The D.A.R.E. Jr. High/Middle School Curriculum is a ten-lesson program taught in consecutive days in Hinsdale Eighth Grade Classrooms in both public and parochial schools. The program reinforces and expands upon concepts learned in the core program. It gives specific information on the risks involved in using drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, and cocaine. The program also talks about how to avoid violent relationships and develop good character.

For more information contact: DARE Officer Coughlin or visit the official
D.A.R.E. Webpage.

V.E.G.A. (Violence Education Gang Awareness) VEGA is taught to 6th grade students the year after the D.A.R.E. curriculum. It offers prevention strategies to deal with students at risk of gang involment and violence. VEGA meets the goals of the Illionois State mandate to teach violence prevention and conflict resolution skills in all public skills.
Five Principals of VEGA
  1. Distrubted Leadership - All students are capable of understanding, learning and performing leadership tasks.
  2. Heterogeneous groups - The most effective students groups are those which include different backgrounds, skill levels, physical capabilities, and genders.
  3. Positive interdependence and individual accountability- students need to learn to recoginize and value their dependence upon each other. They are expected to participate. We sink or swim together.
  4. Social Skill acquisition - Working in a group requires the acquistion of specific social skills which can be taught and learned.
  5. Group Autonomy - When students learn to resolve their problems with little or no intervention from the teacher, they become more autonomous and self - sufficient.