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YADAPP conference

The Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) is a year-long high school peer leadership program that begins again each summer when schools and communities around Virginia send teams of youth to a five-day conference. At conference, teams develop action plans to address substance use in their schools and communities.

YADAPP attendees will:

  • Broaden their knowledge of substance use prevention and work as a team to create a high school substance use prevention plan for their school.
  • Learn leadership skills needed to address common issues among youth.
  • Network and build supportive relationships with others from across Virginia.

YADAPP is administered by the Education and Prevention Section of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), which has been involved with the project since its inception in 1984.

YADAPP members learning


The mission of YADAPP is to develop high school peer leadership that fosters prevention of substance use at the state and local levels.

YADAPP members


Youth need a safe and drug-free environment to achieve personal success and build strong communities. As primary influences on their peers, high school students have the capacity to become positive role models and leaders in the ongoing effort to prevent high school substance use.

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Education and Prevention Section
Virginia ABC