DEA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION RESPONSE TO COVID-19
During these unusual and challenging times, we feel it is as important as ever to reach our communities. Kids are feeling the pressure and stress of the unknown and, many, have lost their safe-haven of school where they find structure, meals, positive programming and mentorship. Parents are feeling more pressure than ever with financial concerns, job loss, at home schooling and anxious children. And, as reported in Philadelphia, though the COVID-19 outbreak is making its way through the streets, the illegal drug market has not slowed down; drug dealers have simply adapted wearing masks and gloves.
The DEA Educational Foundation feels our reach is as important as ever during these uncertain times. It is our goal to continue to reach our communities, even if virtually, to bring families and youth critical education and positive messaging. The Foundation will keep you up-to-date as we move forward in these endeavors, however, in the past three weeks we have developed several programs:
Happy at Home with the DEAEF YDP. This project focuses on having our dance instructors create mini-video clips to reach their students with positive messaging and a short combination to learn. These videos will reach students directly where districts have on-line learning and will be posted to our social media. Soon, our registered students will be able to send posts with their own dance creations back to their teachers as well.
We are piloting on-line dance classes in several regions across the United States to reach currently enrolled spring students who fairly have access to online learning—in fact, D.C. Public Schools have asked us to be a partner this spring in multiple locations.
We are working on setting up special on-line dance workshops with the Young Marines and the Alternative Peer Group in Las Vegas—an after-school facility for kids suffering from substance abuse
We are establishing an on-line baseball workshop pilot program where kids can work on drills, position and warm-ups with their coach.
With the many unknowns of the re-opening of our society, we are also developing longer-term plans to partner with DEA through DEA 360 in reaching school districts through youth programming and Red Ribbon events. The Foundation is also currently developing an online parent education series and considering an online national educational event and fundraiser if we can’t meet with our supporters in person. Of course nothing beats human to human contact when it comes to education, programming and role-modeling, but, we can’t give up on making a difference for those who we serve.