Why Should I Join?
There are so many reasons why membership in Drug Free Clubs of America is a great move. Some teens say that they love the message it sends on paper to colleges and employers about their character. Some say that it’s a great way to make parents, teachers, and coaches proud, while others see it as a role modeling opportunity for classmates or younger children who look up to them. All enjoy the rewards of staying drug free and can count on the club to protect their futures by offering the chance to get out of drug-related situations by saying, “I can’t, I get tested”. Click here to learn more about the feedback we receive from other teen members.
Become a Leader
The presence of student officer activity in any DFCA chapter adds significant strength and relevance to the prevention strategy. It creates the ability for peer-to-peer influences to thrive as an impetus for positive, rather than negative, choices. The chapter coordinators at each school, (teachers or administrators who take charge of their school’s DFCA), hand select several students who are natural leaders among the student body. These “student officers” design club details and promote their school’s chapter of DFCA by spreading the word about rewards and opportunities available exclusively for members. They may, or may not, have official officer roles and titles. Upon request, officers will be given a certificate and letter of recognition for non-profit volunteer work. Encouraging students to design the promotion and rewards of their club, ensures that it will be relevant and attractive to a wide range of students.
What to Expect on Test Day
Here’s everything you need to know about Test Day:
- Applications are completed by parents & students, and turned into the front office
- On test day students are called to the front office, where they are told it’s Drug Free Clubs test day and they are told where to go for testing.
- The student arrives at the testing area, signs in, and is handed their application back (it has the parent’s signature as a consent to do the test that the collectors will need to see)
- The applicant sits down at computers or tablets to create their online DFCA account and take an anonymous survey.
- Photo taking is the next station, where the student’s picture is taken and gets linked to the account just created.
- On to the bathroom. Students show their signed application to the collector, and go in the bathroom alone. After filling a sample cup ½ way, they leave their sample in the restroom and come out to let the collector know they are finished.
- The collector completes a medical form with the student, and gives them a hall pass. There is no indication of any test result and the collector does NOT need to be told about any prescriptions.
- Students end their test day at a goodie bag station, filling a lunch bag with treats. Schools are highly encouraged to allow students to eat their treats in class in front of the other students so they all know this person was just tested so it’s not even worth trying to offer any substances.
- Parents are contacted regarding any samples where the lab confirms the presence of substances. Prescriptions are verified and/or conversations are held about what was present.
- In about a month ID cards arrive at school welcoming students into the club who passed their drug test and rewards begin! As a part of Parents also receive letters at home congratulating them on their child’s acceptance, and urging them to talk to their teen about this membership.
I am Taking a Prescription Medication
If you are participating in Drug Free Clubs of America and take a prescription medication, you will NOT be asked to reveal the details of your medication at the time of testing. If any substance is present in your sample, your parent will receive a phone call to verify prescription details. Medications prescribed for some students could also be abused by others, so the collection and prescription verification process are kept very private. No need to worry – go ahead and join the club!”