Children, Youth, & Families
Number of Programs: 2
Baker Hall, 655 Auditorium Road, Room 560, East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU's School of Criminal Justice heads up the D.A.R.E. Michigan Training Center, which serves as a resource for police officers to bring a clear, comprehensive, and consistent K-12 D.A.R.E. message to kids in Michigan's classrooms to enhance children's development of healthy positive behaviors. Goals of the Center include:
- Communicating the D.A.R.E. message through elementary, junior high, and senior high curricula;
- Establishing statewide awareness of the D.A.R.E. program and how it can assist the fight against drugs and violence in schools and communities;
- Serving as an information resource for the accumulation, interpretation, and dissemination of the D.A.R.E message; and
- Offering the best training and technical assistance to provide schools and communities with quality D.A.R.E. police officers.
The Center is also involved in the evaluation of the New D.A.R.E Program curricula, which will be administered to middle school and high schools in six cities across the country.
The program takes place in the youth family's home and neighborhood.
The Michigan State University Adolescent Project (in collaboration with Ingham County Circuit Court) has provided quality advocacy services to youth in Ingham County since 1976. Michigan State University trains undergraduate students as advocates to provide a strength-based intervention to youth who are referred by the Ingham County Circuit Court. The primary goal of MSUAP is to help youth avoid future involvement with the juvenile justice system. Advocates design intervention programs tailored to each youth's strengths, skills/abilities and unmet needs. The goals are accomplished by providing the youth with an oppurtunity to gain access to community resources, partake in civic engagement, etc.