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YADAPP Participants
YADAPP is for high school students (rising grades 9–12) who are leaders in their school or community and are interested in preventing substance use among their peers. Participants attend YADAPP as a group of four students plus an Adult Sponsor.

Leaders Needed!

Who are the leaders in your school and community thatwould benefit from the YADAPP experience? Look for individuals who:

  • Are leaders and positive role models among their peers. 
  • Are active in clubs, sports, extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities.
  • Display positive habits and choices and exhibit a pattern of staying alcohol- and drug-free.
  • Can contribute to a diverse and committed team.

Tip: Some teams conduct an application process to select their four Participants.

Benefits to Participants

  • Gain real world leadership experience working within YADAPP and their school and community.
  • Change their school or community by promoting positive, alcohol- and drug-free behavior.
  • Develop healthy relationships with peers and adults.
  • Build their resume.
  • Experience staying on a university campus for a week with a diverse group of peers in a supportive environment that embraces making positive choices.
  • Reaffirm their commitment to stay alcohol and drug free.

During the Conference

At the YADAPP conference, Participants will learn the leadership and prevention skills necessary to make a difference in their school and community through a full schedule of workshops, keynote speakers and dedicated time to create a Strategies To Act Now (STAN) Plan specific to their school or community. Throughout the conference, Participants will meet likeminded high school student leaders from across the state they can network with to further develop their prevention activities and to support one another.

After the Conference

After the conference, Participants will return to their schools and communities to implement their STAN Plan with their Team. Participants will work through the school year to implement their STAN Plan by gaining support from local administration and leadership as well as the support of peers who can assist and participate in prevention activities. At the conclusion of the Team’s prevention activities, they then work with their Adult Sponsor to submit a STAN Plan Final Report recording their prevention efforts.

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Education and Prevention Section
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