Initiatives

The DEA Educational Foundation is involved in many endeavors to reach the American public on the dangers of drugs. This page summarizes the many initiatives the DEA Educational Foundation supports and is currently involved with.

DEA Youth Dance Program

Jill Roberts started the free after-school dance program under the umbrella of D.A.R.E. America in 1999 and ran it successfully for 12 years. In late 2011, the organization decided to solely focus on their original mission of in-school curriculum programming so the program was brought to the DEA Educational Foundation where it resides today. It was then rebranded as the DEA Youth Dance Program.
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2014 DEA Educational Foundation Gala

Vince Gilligan

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Educational Foundation Global Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is deemed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation to have made significant and long term positive contributions in support of drug law enforcement and drug abuse prevention education in the United States. The award was established by the Foundation in 2006. Previous recipients include Former DEA Administrator Peter B. Bensinger, Mrs. Betty S. Sembler, Former DEA Administrator John C. Lawn, Mr. James J. Cusack, Walter Wang. Learn More

The Rx Factor: the Drug Dealer is Closer Than You Think

The Rx Factor Exhibit

The Rx Factor: the Drug Dealer is Closer Than You Think mobile exhibit builds upon the commitment of the DEA Museum and the DEA Educational Foundation to provide the absolute finest method of drug abuse education possible. The Rx Factor exhibit will demonstrate graphically both the short and long-term effects of prescription drug abuse while at the same time creating a dialogue between students, families, parents and teachers, thus giving teens a chance to interact peer to peer and with adults they trust.
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Target America – Tampa

Target America montage

Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause is now open at the Museum os Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida through September 3, 2012. This ninth city on the national tour follows a very successful exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause is moving on. The exhibit opened on March 3, 2010, and completed its stay on November 14, 2010. As a result of the combined efforts of the Target America Exhibit Advisory Committee, which was made up of individuals from civic, corporate, faith-based, law enforcement, media, prevention/treatment, school and education organizations, … Read More

Symposia – Trans-Regional Crack Cocaine Symposium

Trans-Regional Crack Cocaine Symposium

On March 27 and 28, 2012, the DEA Educational Foundation brought together on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), representatives from five South American and two West African countries to discuss the rising problem of smoked crack cocaine base in those countries. … Read More

Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America

Good Medicine, Bad Behavior exhibit graphic

The DEA Museum opened an interactive exhibit that delves into the prescription drug abuse problem gripping America today, Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America. The exhibit explores the history of prescription drug abuse and diversion in the United States and efforts to combat the problem through time. The exhibit includes recreations of period pharmacies, depictions of significant cases, and displays illustrating the impact of these substances on the human body. Learn More

Past Initiatives

2013 DEA Educational Foundation Gala

Walter Wang

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Educational Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who is deemed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation to have made significant and long term positive contributions in support of drug law enforcement and drug abuse prevention education in the United States. The award was established by the Foundation in 2006. Previous recipients include Former DEA Administrator Peter B. Bensinger, Mrs. Betty S. Sembler, Former DEA Administrator John C. Lawn, and Mr. James J. Cusack. Learn More

DEA Educational Foundation to present John “Jack” Lawn with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

John “Jack“ Lawn

The DEA Educational Foundation invites you to attend an evening honoring the Honorable John C. Lawn, recipient of the 2010 DEA Educational Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Jack is receiving this Award in recognition of his decades of leadership and commitment to drug law enforcement, drug abuse prevention, and drug treatment. Learn More

2008 DEA Educational Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, Betty Sembler

On March 6, 2008, more than 300 friends turned out to honor Mrs. Betty Sembler with the Foundation’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by DEA Educational Foundation President William Alden. The gala was held at Washington DC’s J.W. Marriott Hotel. Read More

Honoring Their Light…A Vigil for Lost Promise

Chicago Vigil

Too many lives, which held so much promise, have been lost to drugs. Too many dreams and potential, never realized. Our hopes for them dashed…and our worst fears for them came true. Their flames were snuffed out well before their time. Learn More

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