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YADAPP Begins July 16

July 12, 2018

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Virginia ABC launches Its Youth Leadership and Alcohol Prevention Program

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Virginia ABC’s 2018 Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) will begin with an opening session on Monday, July 16, at Longwood University in Farmville. The five-day summer leadership conference will prepare high school students to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free through the year-long, grassroots program.

What:      YADAPP Opening Session
When:     Monday, July 16, at 2 p.m.
Where:    Longwood University’s Jarman Hall Auditorium, 201 High St., Farmville

The importance of the YADAPP program and safe, healthy school and community environments will be the focus of the conference which involves around 80 teams of four students each from around the commonwealth. During the conference students attend topical workshops, hear from internationally recognized motivational speakers, learn peer leadership and prevention best practices and develop strategic plans to address alcohol or drug use among their peers.  Virginia ABC staff provides support throughout the following academic year as YADAPP teams implement these plans in their respective communities.

Opening Session Schedule, 2-3:30 p.m.:
     ->High Energy Music and Cheers by YADAPP’s Junior Staff and Youth Leaders
     ->National Anthem and Introduction of Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill
     ->Hill Welcomes YADAPP Participants and Introduces Video Presentation from
         Governor Ralph Northam
     ->Conference Orientation by Junior Staff

For more information about YADAPP, visitwww.yadapp.com.


The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 371 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 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 84th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.


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