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The Strategies to Act Now (STAN) Plan is the focal point of YADAPP. Over the first two weeks of October, Teams will complete online training modules led by YADAPP Youth Staff on how to develop an action plan that prevents high school substance use within your school or community. From October 1 to October 15, all Participants and Adult Sponsors must complete their specific online training modules and also work together to develop and submit their STAN Plan. Once completed, Adult Sponsors should submit the Team’s STAN Plan through the YADAPP Enrollment system by October 15. The STAN Plan will be implemented during the remainder of the school year.

For more resources in developing your STAN Plan, see our Resources page.

Students working on STAN Plan


Once enrolled in YADAPP, Teams should begin to assess the needs of their communities when it comes to substance use prevention. An important piece to the STAN Plan is identifying any gaps and substance use related problems in the community. All YADAPP Teams should work to collect local data and information prior to developing their STAN Plan. Each Team will be provided state and national youth substance use data.
YADAPP members conversing


Participants work as a Team to develop a written prevention plan to address a substance use problem surrounding high school students in their school or community. When developing their plan, Teams are encouraged to be as creative, detailed and realistic as possible. Adult Sponsors will meet with their Teams throughout the development process.
YADAPP Members presenting


After developing their plan, Participants kick off their STAN Plan by presenting it to school and community stakeholders to gain approval and support. Once your Team has presented their plan to administrators and gained approval, begin planning and building partnerships that will assist in making your efforts a success. As your Team implements their STAN Plan, it is best to document throughout the implementation process for future reporting.
YADAPP STAN Presentation


Once the Team’s STAN Plan has been implemented, complete the STAN Plan Final Report (SPFR). Even if your Team has been unable to fully complete your plan, we require a SPFR from each Team. This helps us assess the reach of your prevention efforts, identify barriers Teams may face and plan for the future. The SPFR serves as your Team’s application for the Wheeler Award.

STAN Plan Final Report

After your Team puts their STAN Plan in action, we want to hear about it! Please remember to submit your STAN Plan Final Report.

To complete the STAN Plan Final Report, you must download and save the STAN Plan Final Report (PDF) to your desktop, fill it out and save it. Reports completed on a web browser will not save when submitted.

Even if your team has been unable to complete your original plan, we require a SPFR from each Team. This helps us assess the effectiveness of YADAPP and high school prevention efforts in Virginia, identify barriers teams may face and plan for the future.

Your final report also serves as your team’s application for the Wheeler Award!

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