The D.A.R.E. program has three main goals. First, D.A.R.E. seeks to provide students with a knowledge base on the effects of drug abuse that go beyond the physical ramifications and extend to emotional, social, and economic aspects of life. Secondly, D.A.R.E. aims to build decision-making and problem solving skills and strategies to help students make informed decisions and resist drug use, peer pressure, and violence. Lastly, an integral part of the D.A.R.E. program is to provide students with alternatives to drug use.
Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc. is the governing body of the D.A.R.E. program in Minnesota. Its purpose is to provide support and leadership to ensure the effective administration of the program through collaboration with law enforcement officers, parents, schools and community.