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Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project


YADAPP (Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project) is a youth leadership program empowering teens to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free. Each year YADAPP holds its summer leadership conference for hundreds of high school students and adults.

Students at YADAPP have an opportunity to listen to nationally acclaimed motivational speakers, participate in workshops and create plans to solve alcohol and drug-related issues in their schools and communities.

YADAPP 2014: July 20–24 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Visit!

What’s the Wheeler Award?

The Wheeler Award recognizes successful, youth-led substance abuse and violence prevention efforts by any Virginia high school or community organization. Visit to find out more about the Wheeler Award and how your team can apply for the award!

Who’s Invited to YADAPP?

  • High school teams of four with at least one adult sponsor;
  • Rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors; and
  • Community coalitions.


Since high school students are primarily influenced by their peers, they have the capacity to become positive leaders in preventing violence and the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth. YADAPP's mission is to empower Virginia's youth to assume positive peer leadership roles in their schools and communities through the implementation of youth-led action plans. YADAPP seeks to develop youth leadership in order to further substance abuse and violence prevention efforts at the state, regional and local level.


Since 1984, YADAPP has impacted the lives of thousands of students throughout Virginia. More than 440 different high schools and community organizations have participated in this unique, youth-led leadership project.

  • YADAPP began in 1984 as a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, (now the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, DBHDS), and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Since 1995, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has partnered with other agencies to produce YADAPP. From 2002 to 2009, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services' (DCJS) Virginia Center for School Safety served as lead coordinator. In 2009, Virginia ABC became lead coordinator for YADAPP and owner of

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Virginia ABC Education Section, at (804) 977-7440, FAX (804) 254-5927, or e-mail

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