Teams from across the state may now enroll in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) teen leadership conference. The event takes place July 14–18 at Longwood University in Farmville.
YADAPP is a youth-led program that empowers teens to become involved in keeping their communities alcohol and drug free. Hundreds of motivated students gather annually at this event, which features engaging workshops and presentations and opportunities to network with trained youth leaders who have participated in previous YADAPP conferences.
In addition, participants discuss issues teens face in school and create customized plans to deter high-risk behaviors. The students then implement these plans during the 2014-15 school year.
“There are young leaders in high schools across the commonwealth who can play an active role in prevention by sharing their time and talents to create a healthier and safer community,” said Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks. “Virginia ABC is pleased to be able to empower, motivate and inspire those teens and give them the opportunity to hone their leadership and service learning skills.”
YADAPP teams are made up of four teenagers and one adult sponsor. Students may be rising ninth through twelfth graders. The adult sponsor may be affiliated with a high school (guidance counselor, teacher, resource officer), involved with a community group (parks and recreation, teen council) or belong to a faith-based organization (youth group leader).
Early registration costs $300 per team until April 30. The price includes room and board at Longwood University and all workshops that are part of the five-day conference. Beginning May 1, the registration price is $400.
YADAPP began in 1984 as a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education; the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services (now the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services); and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Virginia ABC has been involved with YADAPP since 1995 and in 2009 became the program’s lead coordinating agency.
Since its inception 30 years ago, more than 10,000 students from 440 Virginia high schools and community organizations have participated in a YADAPP event.
“YADAPP is helping turn words into action by giving Virginia youth the tools and resources they need to spread a message of prevention at their school and in their community,” said Weaks.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 345 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Teen Leadership Conference Enrollment Now Open