For more than three decades, enthusiastic teams of Virginia youth have convened for a week in the summer to brainstorm ways to inspire their peers to keep their schools and communities alcohol and drug-free.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has opened enrollment for its annual summer leadership conference, the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP), which has given rise to many innovative and collaborative programs over the years to promote safer and healthier lifestyles. This year’s conference is set for July 18-22 at Longwood University in Farmville.
Virginia high school teams of four student leaders with at least one adult sponsor are encouraged to attend this five-day conference. Enrollment costs $300 per team ($60 per person) until April 30. The price then increases to $400 per team until the July 1 enrollment deadline. The fee includes lodging and meals at Longwood University and all conference materials for four students and one adult for the entire week. Online enrollment is available at www.yadapp.com.
Conference participants tackle difficult and pervasive issues like underage drinking and drug use they and their peers face in their schools and communities. Youth from across the commonwealth gather to work together creating plans to deter those high-risk behaviors during the coming school year.
"Virginia’s youth need a safe and drug-free environment to achieve personal success and build strong communities,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “This youth-led conference is an inspiring and effective means for some of our youngest leaders to take a stand and create positive change in their schools and communities. We applaud their courage and commitment to making a difference.”
Since its inception in 1984, YADAPP has strived to develop youth peer leadership that fosters prevention of high school substance use at the state and local levels.
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 357 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 marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Enrollment is Open for 2016 YADAPP Summer Leadership Conference