YADAPP

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YADAPPYouth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project
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"Students are more likely to make behavior changes based on what they see their peers doing versus just hearing a speaker or from an adult, so YADAPP was developed on that premise," says Katie Weaks, education and prevention manager.
In 2013, Virginia ABC built its Being Outstanding Leaders Together (BOLT) program as a companion to YADAPP. Through BOLT, peer leaders are able to engage and impact middle schools in their area.
YADAPP is a year-long peer leadership program that begins each summer when high schools and community groups around Virginia send teams of four student participants and one adult sponsor to a four-day conference.
Since its inception 31 years ago, more than 10,000 students from 440 Virginia high schools and community organizations have participated in YADAPP and returned home to implement alcohol and drug prevention programs in their communities.
The success of YADAPP is mainly attributed to the program's design, which encourages students to take on proactive leadership roles.