Hundreds of high school students will gather at Longwood University in Farmville next week as the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) kicks off its 28th annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) summer leadership conference, July 16–20.
From underage drinking to texting and driving, from seatbelt use to illegal drug use, more than 320 students and 80 adult sponsors from across the state will brainstorm issues facing teens in their communities and create tangible “STAN” (Strategies To Act Now) plans to take back to their schools to implement during the 2012–2013 school year.
“We have more than 80 teams, the highest number of participants in several years,” said Steve Hammond, YADAPP conference director. “Our goal is to save lives, and we’re excited about the positive impact this conference will have on teens and communities across the state.”
YADAPP was created in 1985 as a youth leadership program empowering teens to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free. Over the last 27 years, more than ten thousand students and 440 high schools and community organizations have participated in this unique, youth-led leadership conference. Since 1995, Virginia ABC has partnered with other agencies to produce YADAPP, and assumed the role of lead coordinator in 2009.
Virginia ABC Kicks Off YADAPP 2012 at Longwood University