Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) Program
Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) Program is a prevention program for kids ages 9-12. DEFY deters "at risk" behaviors by giving kids the tools they need to resist drugs and develop positive social skills. The leadership and life skills training provided by DEFY include: goal-setting, team building, conflict resolution, gang resistance and decision making.
The DEFY Program is a professionally developed curriculum that incorporates key characteristics of successful substance abuse prevention programs as identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"The Officers helped me understand why I should not use drugs."
2007 Tallahassee DEFY Graduate
"The best part of DEFY was the fact our mentors and teachers actually took time out from their busy schedules to help us stay drug-free"
2006 Tallahassee DEFY Graduate
Additional DEFY topics include:
- Resistance Skills
- Social behavior
- Alcohol attitudes
- Smoking attitudes
- Drug knowledge
- Internet Safety
This program is a structured 5-day non-residential camp. It is held at Florida A& M University's Army ROTC Facility. During phase I DEFY youth participate in classroom activities, physical fitness and educational field trips. Youth interact with adult mentors (sworn police officers with the Tallahassee Police Department).
There is no cost to participate. Youth must be residents of Tallahassee and between the ages of 9-12. Space is limited.
Please download, complete and submit an application (PDF) to:
DEFY Program/Officer Danielle Davis
Tallahassee Police Department
234 East Seventh Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
For more information please contact: Sergeant Danielle Davis at (850) 891-4569
or via email.