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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 STAN Plan Development

From October 1 to 15, Participants should complete the online training to create a Strategies To Act Now (STAN) Plan. Participants will learn the leadership and prevention skills necessary to make a difference in their school and community through the following training topics: leadership, alcohol and other drug trends, networking and advocacy, fundraising, project planning and virtual prevention strategies. Participants should meet virtually, or in a safe, socially-distanced manner, with their Team to develop a STAN Plan that directly addresses a youth substance use issue in their school or community. Teams will submit their plan to Virginia ABC for review by YADAPP Youth Staff.

From October 23 to 30, Participants should work together to make any requested STAN Plan modifications to be considered for a Mini Grant.

After STAN Plan Development

Throughout the 2020–2021 academic year, Participants should regularly meet together with their Adult Sponsor to implement their STAN Plan. Participants will work collaboratively to gain 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, Student Participants work with their Adult Sponsor to submit a STAN Plan Final Report recording their prevention efforts.

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Education and Prevention Section
Virginia ABC