During the annual YADAPP Kick-off Conference, Participants will learn the leadership and prevention skills necessary to address a substance use prevention need in their community. Participants will take part in 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, Youth Leaders serve as guides to Participants while Junior Staff facilitate the training needed to develop unique STAN Plans following prevention best practices using the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s prevention strategies.
At the end of the conference, all Teams present their STAN Plans to their Youth Leaders, Junior Staff and Letter Groups to practice presenting their STAN Plan to community leadership and to be considered for a Mini Grant. Teams then submit a final copy of their STAN Plan to Virginia ABC.