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Enrollment Opens for Virginia ABC’s Youth Leadership Conference Set for July 20-24 at Longwood University

February 27, 2015

News Release Contact:

Valerie Hubbard - (804) 204-2327
Email: valerie.hubbard@abc.virginia.gov

Enrollment Opens for Virginia ABC’s Youth Leadership Conference Set for July 20-24 at Longwood University

  • Enrollment opens March 2 for this summer’s Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP).
  • YADAPP leadership conference empowers young adults to keep their communities alcohol and drug-free.

On Monday, March 2, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will kick off enrollment for its Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) summer leadership conference to be held July 20-24 at Longwood University in Farmville.

YADAPP is a youth leadership program empowering young adults to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug-free. Each year YADAPP holds its summer leadership conference for hundreds of motivated young adult leaders across the state.

Virginia high school teams of four student leaders with at least one adult sponsor are encouraged to attend this five-day conference. Early enrollment, which opens on Monday, March 2, costs $300 per team ($60 per person) until April 30. The price then increases to $400 per team until the July 10 enrollment deadline. The fee includes room and board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for five days and four nights at Longwood University and all of the workshops, motivational speakers, networking and fun that comes with the YADAPP summer leadership conference. Online enrollment is available at www.yadapp.com.

Students at YADAPP will brainstorm issues like underage drinking and drug use facing teens in their schools and communities and create plans to deter those high-risk behaviors during the 2015-2016 school year.

“This youth-led conference is an inspiring example of Virginia youth who are willing to take a stand and create positive change in their schools and communities. We applaud their courage and commitment to making a difference,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter.

Since its inception 31 years ago, more than 10,000 students from 440 Virginia high schools and community organizations have participated in a YADAPP event and returned home to implement alcohol and drug prevention programs in their communities.

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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 351 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 celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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  • Enrollment Opens for Virginia ABC’s Youth Leadership Conference Set for July 20-24 at Longwood University