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What is D-Fy?

Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy) is an initiative for Sarasota County youth in 6th through 12th grade. D-Fy helps create a movement of peers who share a commitment to make positive choices and live a healthy, drug-free life.  D-Fy also helps to grow a community culture to support these youth.

D-Fy members are eligible to receive local discounts and attend special D-Fy events.  To become a member:

  • Youth complete a membership application confirming their commitment to be
    alcohol-, tobacco- and drug-free. 
  • All potential members validate this commitment through a confidential drug screening when they join, and agree to be screened randomly throughout their membership year.
  • Once the application is validated, members receive a photo ID membership card that entitles them to discounts at participating businesses and entrance to member-only events.  Voluntary membership is renewable on a yearly basis.

D-Fy Business Partners are establishments that offer discounts or other special perks for D-Fy members – are critical to the success of this initiative and help create a community culture that support youth who are making positive choices. D-Fy business partners receive free advertising on the D-Fy website, a “We Support Drug Free  Youth” window cling, and are identified as a partner in a variety D-Fy materials.

D-Fy Chapters in Sarasota County

D-Fy first emerged in Sarasota County in North Port, as a result of efforts of the North Port Community Health Action Team (CHAT).  (Click here to watch a video about the history and growth of D-Fy.) After early success in North Port – including a membership of more than 1,000 in the first two years – other Sarasota County communities took note. The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is providing support to the D-Fy expansion efforts across in Venice and Sarasota.

Resources for D-Fy Chapters

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