"A Place Where Failure Is Never An Option!"

The Mission of Project D.A.L.E. Inc.

     The mission of Project D.A.L.E. Inc. is to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth and mold them into future leaders though redirection, motivation, positive reinforcement and personal empowerment.

What Is Project D.A.L.E. Inc.?

     Project D.A.L.E. Inc. is a non-profit organization that is designed to change the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth.       The D.A.L.E. stands for Developing Adolescent Leaders into Existence. Project D.A.L.E. Inc. was designed to fill the gaps between the much needed services that are limited to disadvantaged youth. Our program will form partnerships with the local school districts and other social service agencies in the Sarasota-Bradenton and greater Orlando areas.  

     Project D.A.L.E. Inc.’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give youth the commitment to follow through on the path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.      Through repeated failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect.

The Ultimate Goal Of Project D.A.L.E. Inc.

The ultimate goal of Project D.A.L.E. Inc. is to become a comprehensive educational facility that will help develop and challenge pre and post adolescents' interpersonal skills, educational capabilities, offer counseling and mentoring service, engage them in the arts, and provide a safe, caring, fun and exciting learning environment.

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The Target Group

     Project D.A.L.E.’s target group are children in grades Kindergarten through 12th, primarily middle school students, who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds and/or are considered to be at-risk. It is projected that within three years, 50% of the system's students will be in middle school. This age group is particularly problematic and a perfect time for mentoring to be effective.
​     Project D.A.L.E. Inc.’s mentoring program will pair a youth with a mentor and Case Manager. The program is designed to allow youth to participate in weekly planned activities to strengthen their interpersonal skills and develop positive social living skills. The relationship between the Case Managers and the youth participating in the program will improve the young person's confidence and hopefulness. Mentors and Case Managers will receive continuous training throughout the year and Case Managers will participate in weekly meetings to report the young person's progress.

     Over time, Project D.A.L.E. Inc. will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to young people, aspiring mentors and the community at large.

How To Become Affiliated With Project D.A.L.E. Inc.?

  • Mentor a child
  • Donate goods and services
  • Volunteer
  • Make a financial contribution
  • Refer a child
  • Partnership with Project D.A.L.E. Inc.

Why Is Project D.A.L.E. Inc. Needed? 

     Project D.A.L.E. Inc. is a program that is in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system.

     The goal of the program is to identify youths who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life. Statistics show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have a higher rate of the following:

  • High school drop out
  • Probability to commit crimes
  • Becoming depressed and discouraged
  • Unplanned and teen pregnancy
  • Alcohol and drug usage at an early age
  • ecoming sexually active at an early age
  • ​Becoming affiliated with gang activity

     ​​When these and a lack of resources play a major factor in the lives of children, it robs them of equal opportunities for success. That is when the community needs to be willing to intervene and fill the gaps between socio-economic status and the lack of resources in order to provide an opportunity for at-risk youth to enhance their lives and redirect their paths to a more productive and rewarding future. And this is where Project D.A.L.E. Inc. comes in.