It’s July, but hundreds of high school students from across the commonwealth are headed to classrooms next week. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) 30th annual Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) summer leadership conference begins Monday, July 14, and continues through July 18 on the Longwood University campus in Farmville.
YADAPP is a youth-led program that empowers teens to become involved in preventing underage drinking and keeping their communities drug free. This year 36 youth leaders, 24 junior leaders and five interns will guide the 86 teams—comprised of nearly 350 rising ninth through twelfth grade high school students—and nearly 90 adult sponsors during engaging workshops, special presentations, brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities.
In addition, participants will discuss challenging issues teens face and create customized plans to deter high-risk behaviors. The students will then implement these plans during the 2014-15 school year.
YADAPP is designed to challenge students, help them gather information, build resources and enhance their leadership skills—all in a supportive environment.
“The participation of these students shows they are leaders who are committed to making positive impact on their community,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter. “They should be commended for their strength and willingness to take a stand against underage drinking, impaired driving and drug use. YADAPP will give them the confidence and information they need to make smart choices as they encounter intense, challenging and dangerous circumstances in the future.”
Since its inception in 1984, more than 10,000 students from 440 Virginia high schools and community organizations have participated in a YADAPP event.
“Virginia ABC is giving YADAPP participants the tools they need to take action when they get home, thus performing a valuable and meaningful service to the commonwealth by improving public safety,” Painter said.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 349 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.
Virginia ABC’s Teen Leadership Conference Starts Monday 400 Students from Across State in Farmville for Prevention Event