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Rising 9th through rising 12th grade student leaders along with an Adult Sponsor are invited to the annual YADAPP kick-off conference!

The Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) is a unique, year-long peer leadership opportunity fostering the prevention of high school substance use that kicks off during the annual conference. During the week-long kick off conference, Participants attend topical workshops, hear from internationally-known motivational speakers, learn peer leadership and prevention best practices and develop a strategic plan to address alcohol or drug use among their peers.


Included in enrollment is lodging, meals, all conference materials and year-long coaching and support from the Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Section.

Early Bird Enrollment

  • March 1 to April 30:
    $500 Enrollment Fee per Team

Regular Enrollment: 

  • May 1 to June 1:
    $600 Enrollment Fee per Team

Changes to Teams cannot be made after June 1.

Please refer to the Confirmation Packet for complete conference information. This includes the Code of Conduct, Dress Code, packing list and forms and waivers that must be submitted in order to participate.


Participants and Adult Sponsors will have a full schedule of General Session Speakers, Breakout Sessions, Letter Group meetings, Adult Sponsor trainings and the opportunity to participate in the Talent Show, Costume Parade and Door Decorating Contest. The YADAPP daily schedule includes programming from 8:45AM to 10:30PM.

Conference Check In is Monday, July 13 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Willet Hall. Check Out is Friday, July 17 11:00am to 12:00pm.


YADAPP asks that organizations only enroll the number of Teams for which they can fully commit to implementing STAN Plans. The purpose of the YADAPP kick-off conference is to supply Teams with the support, tools and resources needed to develop a strategic prevention plan to then implement in their schools and communities. Teams must have four student Participants in order to participate in the YADAPP program.

Forming a YADAPP Team

YADAPP Teams are comprised of four Participants and one Adult Sponsor. Teams should be committed to working together throughout the school year to develop, implement and evaluate the STAN Plan they create at the annual kick-off conference.

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The YADAPP kick-off conference is a unique experience that requires concentration and energy throughout the whole week. Adult Sponsors are expected to be in a mental and physical capacity that allows them to appropriately chaperone and assume responsibility for their YADAPP Team as well as attend and fully participate in all conference sessions.

Homesickness, anxieties and distractions can be difficult when Participants are away from home and focusing on the development of their STAN Plan. We ask that Adult Sponsors ensure that their Participants are able to fully participate in all YADAPP experiences and are not distracted by outside stressors prior to attending the conference. It is important for Participants to be both mentally and physically present the entire week of the conference.

We will be taking candid pictures during the conference. These photos may be posted on the YADAPP website, social media and/or used in promotional or prevention materials. No names or personal information will be associated with any picture without permission.

YADAPP conducts a background check on all Adult Sponsors and YADAPP staff 18 years or older.



July 13–17
Longwood University
Farmville, VA 23909

Make an impact in your school and communityparticipate in YADAPP 2020.

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Education and Prevention Section
Virginia ABC