About the Foundation
The DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization established in 2001 whose goal is to educate the public on the many costs and consequences of illegal drugs in our society.
In 2002, the DEA in partnership with DEA Educational Foundation launched their first national traveling exhibit, Target America. In 2013, the exhibit was updated and renamed Drugs: Costs & Consequences. To date, more than 22 million students, teachers, and parents have visited the exhibit in fourteen cities. The exhibit was most recently at the Museum of Science and Technology in Austin, TX. In early 2019, the exhibit will be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.
In addition to the educational traveling exhibit, the Foundation funds the DEA Youth Dance Program (DEA YDP) which is a free afterschool alternative to drugs through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance. The DEA Youth Dance Program begins at a participating school with an assembly led by a professional dance company. At the assembly, the dance company highlights exciting and motivating choreography along with the important messages about a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Instructor(s) from the company then lead a 20-week of dance class series for students free of charge. Besides performing in recitals, students also have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to a local studio. It costs the Foundation approximately $6,300 to support one school per year. The instructors work with the local DEA Field Division to bring additional anti-drug programs to their students. The DEA YDP was piloted in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in 2012 with 10 programs. In 2016, the DEA Youth Dance Program became a part of DEA’s 360 Strategy as a community partner to help combat opioid abuse. The DEA YDP is now is 47 cities, positively influencing thousands of students nationwide.
The Foundation has been active in other parts of the world besides the United States. In 2011, the Foundation partnered with the US State Department and the Colombo Plan to create and manage three traveling exhibits geared toward raising awareness of the dangers of opium/heroin for the adults and children in Afghanistan. In 2013, the DEA Educational Foundation developed a partnership with the China Trust Bank in Taiwan that ultimately led to the creation of a foundation modeled after the DEA EF called the CTBC Anti-Drug Educational Foundation. Both foundations have been collaborating since that time and have jointly shared the development of several programs in the US and Taiwan. One of the more recent outcomes has been the development of a process to introduce the drug court system in Taiwan modeled after the very successful drug court programs in the US.
The Foundation has also been working on a new development called The RX Factor. The RX Factor is a 1,000 square foot exhibit housed entirely inside a high-tech tractor trailer truck that will tour the U.S. It will educate the public about the prescription drug abuse epidemic and how every visitor can be an “Agent of Change” to help fight drug abuse at home and in their community.
Our latest endeavor is an educational traveling seminar entitled “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action” with a goal of reaching corporations and community interest groups to raise awareness about opioids and offer solutions to curbing the epidemic our country is facing.
Throughout the years, friends who have believed in the mission of the DEA Educational Foundation have taken action to allow the Foundation’s goals to flourish. Contributions, both large and small, have advanced the Foundation’s ability to enrich the many educational programs of the DEA Museum. Through these programs, it is the Foundation’s hope to encourage young people to avoid the pitfalls of drug addiction that have claimed so many Americans in the past two centuries. Each one of the contributions the Foundation receives, whether it is a small donation in memory of a loved one, or a six-figure gift restricted to the traveling exhibit, makes a difference. For behind every gift there is a story filled with compassion, combined with a fervent desire to be part of an organization that educates our children, our teachers, and our families about the dangers of drug abuse. The DEA Educational Foundation’s loyal supporters want to make a difference, not only in their own lives, but in their community and in the world.