Supporting Local Youth Groups – 2023 Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project– Longwood University

YADAPP Information Packet

Call to ACTION for local youth groups!

YADAPP stands for Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project. The Southside Wellness Coalition ( is supporting teams to attend theYADAPP conference from July 17 -21, 2023 at Longwood University. The teams must consist of one adult sponsor, age 21 or older, with a maximum of four youth per team — ages 14-18.

Youth participants:
Participants are rising 9th – rising 12th-grade students. These students can be leaders in their school or community (sports captains, club/organizationofficers, etc.). However, being a leader in the community is not a requirement to apply as a team. Participants are responsible for developing their Strategies To Act Now plan and implement it in their communities.

What is a STAN Plan? This stands for Strategies To Act Now plan. The STAN plan is the focal point of YADAPP. Participants work as a team throughout the conference to develop their own prevention plan, modeled after SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model. Throughout the conference, students are provided with the tools and resources necessary to develop their STAN plans and to implement them in their schools and communities. Adult Sponsors ensure the STAN plan is implemented through their team during the school year, meet quarterly with an ABC Education & Prevention Coordinator who oversees the Adult sponsors’ STAN plan implementation. The STAN plan final report is due by June 1st at the end of the school year, so 2024 for the upcoming YADAPP. Here is some additional info:

Adult Sponsor participants: Adult sponsors must be 21 years old or older and should be an adult in the school or community directly involved with the participants on the team. Adult sponsors are a key resource for the team when developing and implementing their plan. Serving as an adult sponsor is a year-long commitment. At the conclusion of the team’s STAN plan, the adult sponsor should aid the Team in submitting the STAN plan final report which will serve as an application for the Wheeler Award (Virginia ABC Awards Grants to Support Youth Leadership Efforts to Prevent Substance Use.) Adult sponsors should encourage participants to apply to be youth leaders and should continue to encourage youth staff to continue their leadership experiences. During the YADAPP conference, adult sponsors participate in their own track with session topics that include recruitment, retention, emotional leadership, community partnerships, and other topics that will help develop your participants!

If interested in participating in this event, please email or call 434-394-3586.

The deadline for team submissions is April 30, 2023

Download more information:

YADAPP Information Packet
Adult sponsor agreement
Youth member agreement