|Decision Makers:||Grantmakers Nonprofit Leaders|
|Population Reach:||1-9% of WI's population|
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DARE to be You (DTBY) aims to increase parenting skills and children’s resilience among high-risk families (SAMHSA-NREPP, PPN). DTBY offers a variety of programs for youth and their families, but only the component for families with preschoolers is reviewed here. This component is comprised of 10 to 12 weekly sessions that each include two hours of workshops and a family meal. DTBY seeks to increase parent’s self-esteem, self-efficacy, and child development knowledge while teaching effective parenting techniques (PPN, SAMHSA-NREPP). By building resiliency, the program seeks to reduce later drug and alcohol use (DTBY). DARE to be You is not affiliated with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program (YG-DTBY).
DTBY is a suggested strategy to increase parenting skills and children’s resilience among high-risk families (PPN). Available evidence indicates that DTBY can increase parent’s self-esteem. In the short-term, the program can convince parents that they, rather than fate, can influence their lives and their children’s outcomes (PPN, YG-DTBY). DTBY also appears to improve parenting by helping parents avoid overly harsh punishments, discipline effectively, and set limits (PPN, SAMHSA-NREPP). However, additional evidence is needed to confirm these effects.
The program cost about $266 per family member in 2006 (SAMHSA-NREPP).
As of 2006, DTBY has been implemented in 27 sites. Program staff have conducted trainings in another 85 locations (SAMHSA-NREPP).