To empower military youth to build positive, healthy lifestyles as drug-free, successful citizens.
To improve combat readiness by providing a drug demand reduction and comprehensive life skills program designed to improve youth resiliency and strength.
To combat the global war on terrorism and other threats facing our nation, the Navy and Marine Corps team requires highly trained and skilled professionals. These professionals must be focused and clearly dedicated to the tasks at hand to accomplish mission objectives. Distractions play a major role in personal injury, property loss, and loss of mission accomplishment.
During periods of forward deployment, the families of Sailors and Marines remain behind with a burden of maintaining the family home front in the absence of one or more parents. Maintaining quality of life for military families is essential to help ensure deployed personnel are able to alleviate some of the anxiety inherent with leaving family behind.
To that end, DEFY’s purpose is to produce 9-12 year-olds with character, leadership, and confidence so that they are equipped to engage in a positive, healthy lifestyles as drug-free citizens and have the necessary skills to be successful in their lives through coordinated community participation, commitment, and leadership.
The program develops youths through drug education, leadership and character development, positive role model mentoring, and community outreach to enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families. Through application of the DEFY curriculum, the program strengthens protective factors in youth and families and reduces those risk factors identified with substance abuse, gang involvement, and crime. By strengthening families through encouragement and development of positive life skills in youth, Navy and Marine Corps members are better able to concentrate on their mission and ultimately help ensure mission accomplishment.
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