The program kicks off each year with a personal visit from Bernard Harris, who distributes cards with his personal credo - the ABCs, which stands for "I can Achieve, if I Believe and Conceive my dream." During the first semester, bi-weekly curriculum is designed to teach students about respect, responsibility and other values. Second semester curriculum focuses on introducing students to interesting and exciting career fields. Volunteer juvenile probation officers visit the schools regularly, reinforcing Harris' message of the ABCs, as well as the need for self-esteem, responsibility and getting along with others. During the entire year, students also perform at least two community service projects. They maintain journals throughout the entire year, which are monitored by school officials for progress. In the end, DTD results in students having an increased desire to stay in school, dreaming of successful careers and setting their goals for achievement.
The link below is an interview with Dr. Harris: