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Youth Participants

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 who would 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 drug- and alcohol-free.
  • Can contribute to a diverse and committed team.

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

Benefits to Participants

  • Gain real world leadership experience working within YADAPP and your school or community.
  • Change your school or community by promoting positive, alcohol- and drug-free behavior.
  • Develop healthy relationships with peers and adults.
  • Build your 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 your commitment to stay drug and alcohol free

At the Conference

At the YADAPP conference, Participants will learn the leadership and prevention skills necessary to make a difference in their school and community. During the conference, Participants will create their Strategies To Act Now (STAN) Plan and meet other student leaders from across the state. After the conference, Participants will return to their schools and communities to implement their STAN Plan with their team.

After the Conference

After the conference, Participants will return to their schools and communities to implement their STAN Plan with their team. Participants can apply to be a Youth Leader and continue their participation in YADAPP the following year.

Contact Us

Education and Prevention Section
Virginia ABC
804-977-7440
education@abc.virginia.gov