Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will open this year’s Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) summer leadership conference with a message about the importance of making healthy choices. As the mother of five who has served as a volunteer over many years in her community, Mrs. McAuliffe recognizes the power of engagement especially as it impacts the lives of young adults.
YADAPP is a youth leadership program, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), which empowers 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 teen leaders across the state.
The annual conference opens on Monday, July 20, and continues through Friday, July 24, at Longwood University in Farmville.
High school-aged teams of four with at least one adult sponsor are encouraged to attend this five-day conference. The cost for an entire team and adult sponsor is only $400 until the July 10 enrollment deadline. The fee includes room and board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for all team members for five days and four nights at Longwood University as well as 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. The enrollment deadline is July 10.
From underage drinking to drug abuse, students at YADAPP will brainstorm issues facing teens in their schools and communities and create plans to deter those high-risk behaviors during the 2015–2016 school year.
“Despite diligent efforts of parents, teachers, counselors, community leaders and others who work to ensure a safe transition from childhood to adulthood, many young people continue to irresponsibly consume alcohol. That’s why the leadership and courage of the young adults who participate in YADAPP is so important and appreciated more than ever. The education, training and planning that these youth will undertake at YADAPP and the programs that they will implement in their schools and communities is not only important, it is lifesaving.” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “Students are more motivated to change behavior based on peer leadership and messaging over the efforts of others.”
Visit www.yadapp.com to enroll. For more information contact Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention Section at (804) 977-7440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 352 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. ABC is committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to Speak at This Summer’s YADAPP Leadership Conference