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As you may be aware, the YADAPP 2020 kick-off conference was cancelled due to concerns related to COVID-19. Virginia ABC is currently exploring options to keep YADAPP active in 2020 to ensure high school substance use prevention efforts continue in communities across the state.

Virginia ABC plans to hold a virtual YADAPP, in which Teams learn and engage via online platforms. Teams would still be responsible for developing and implementing STAN Plans, and would be able to receive grants and support from Virginia ABC.

We would like to know how current and potential Adult Sponsors feel about this idea and its feasibility moving forward. Please complete the survey below to share your interest and thoughts in participating.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020_Virtual_YADAPP

2020 Conference Cancellation

Virginia ABC has closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic response and considered its effect on statewide alcohol education and prevention efforts. Public health and safety is at the forefront of our minds as decisions are made regarding Education and Prevention’s planned programs and events, including the annual Youth Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) kick-off conference. Accordingly, and in response to Longwood University’s cancellation of all events and conferences during this time, the YADAPP 2020 kick-off conference has been cancelled.

We are saddened to cancel the summer kick-off conference that has been held each year for the last 35 years, but the health and safety of all conference attendees, staff and partners is the highest priority. Virginia ABC Education and Prevention remains committed to facilitating engaging and effective prevention programming for our Virginia high school students. Therefore, further communication regarding YADAPP’S high school substance use prevention efforts for the upcoming school year will be announced in the coming months. We ask that YADAPP partners continue their dedication to building youth leaders and substance use prevention efforts in their community. We are here to help support your efforts.

YADAPP 2019 Teams: Please reference the STAN Plan tips email that was sent on March 26, 2020, with ideas on how to incorporate virtual prevention efforts to revise your STAN Plan efforts during this time of social distancing. Please let us know via email if you would like any coaching or assistance in brainstorming creative ideas to adjust in these times. We ask that you continue to complete your STAN Plan Final Report, regardless of completion status, for submission by June 1, 2020.

YADAPP 2020 Teams: Thank you so much for your enrollment. We are just as disappointed as you are that we will not be able to all gather this summer to share YADAPP Spirit, learn and STAN Plan. We will continue to keep you informed about what activities, coaching and STAN planning efforts will be available for the upcoming school year, as well as plans for YADAPP 2021.

We thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time in public health. We look forward to continuing our partnerships in the future. We will continue to update you via email and through our Facebook page. Please contact us at education@abc.virginia.gov with any questions you may have in the meantime.

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