July 23, 2017

Youth Advocacy Board


Mission Statement:

We serve to provide youthful input and insight to D.A.R.E. America as it strives to enhance the D.A.R.E. program for the young people of the world. We do this as a body representing all drug and violence free youth from the fifty states of the Union.

We will work independently, and as a united body, to help others resist the pressure to become involved in drugs and violence. We will always remain true to our pledge to be positive role models through our personal commitment to a drug and violence free life.

We will be committed leaders within our states and communities as we interact with others to promote awareness of, participation in, and involvement with the D.A.R.E. Program. We will always remember that we represent millions of young people from across the country who also strive to remain drug and violence free, and we will always speak out to champion the values that D.A.R.E. America represents.

The Youth Advocacy Board (YAB), initiated by D.A.R.E. America in 2000 is composed of 50 members–one student per State in the United States. Students are selected through a state-wide search.

The YAB gives D.A.R.E. graduates an opportunity to speak to issues impacting the national and worldwide D.A.R.E. program and to advise D.A.R.E. America and local D.A.R.E. programs, government and community leaders on drug and violence prevention strategies beneficial to our youth.

In addition, the YAB is a working board, leading Peer PLUS Programs (after-school programs for youth in their communities where there is interest), engaging in letter writing and media response, as well as role modeling and speaking at D.A.R.E. functions within their states.

Members of the YAB are eligible for the D.A.R.E. America Scholarship upon their graduation from high school.

Click here for information about joining the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board

D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board

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Recent D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board Posts:

Cody Collins, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Missouri Representative

Posted on Jun 30th, 2017

I would like to tell you about me for a second or two. First off, I am a home grown Missourian with the passion of an athlete. I attend Sedalia Smith Cotton High School.  Just to give you an idea of where Sedalia is, we are approximately 80 miles east of Kansas City.  Sedalia is known for being a train town and Clint Eastwood was driving cattle to Sedalia in the old T.V. show “Rawhide”. I love to play baseball, football, and wrestling.  I’m also a Staff Sergeant with my school’s…

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Alexya Racicot, D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board Canada Representative

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

My name is Alexya Racicot, I live in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, and I am a grade 11 student passionate about the field of law in general. I am a hard working and enthusiastic student. I’m not shy to talk in front of a crowed and to share my ideas. I participate in several team sports which enhance my leadership skills and determination. On my spare time, I love to play piano and to sing. I sing in weddings and for church celebrations. Furthermore, I attend a French high school which means…

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D.A.R.E. America National Scholarship Award 2017

Posted on Jan 12th, 2017

The D.A.R.E. America Board of Directors is pleased to offer a $20,000 scholarship to recognize academic excellence and reward students who remain true to the goals of the D.A.R.E. program. This scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified 12th grade student to attend the university or college of their choice.  Payment will be made directly to the educational institution over a period of four academic years, not to exceed $5,000 per year. The requirements for eligibility are as…

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Julia Manning, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board New Jersey Representative

Posted on Dec 13th, 2016

My name is Julia Manning and I’m a high school sophomore from New Jersey. I am a hardworking and dedicated student and athlete, and I have received many academic and athletic awards. But more important than personal awards in school and sports is the health and happiness of ourselves and those around us. I have seen first hand the dangers of adolescent drug and alcohol use and abuse. And I am also aware of the powerful pressures that lead kids to engage in unhealthy and dangerous…

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Danielle Littrell, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Washington Representative

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2016

My name is Danielle Littrell and I live in the Tri-Cities here in Washington! I am 16 years old and I am a varsity cheerleader for my High school. I am doing running start at my community college and my plan is to finish my AA and then attend a 4 year university and get my teaching…

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Richard Smith, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board California Representative

Posted on Dec 1st, 2016

My name is Richard Smith and I am a sophomore from Tracy, California. I like to participate in speech and debate events, marching band, and activities at my church. In my spare time I like to study American history and politics. I volunteer at organizations in my community, like Brighter Christmas, Tracy Senior Association and Case for Kids. I enjoy speaking at my local D.A.R.E. graduations because I feel like I am able to make a positive impact in my community. I’ve seen troubled youth…

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Tess Darrow, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board New York Representative

Posted on Nov 28th, 2016

My name is Tess Darrow and I am the New York State D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board representative. I am a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School located in Pelham, New York. For the past two years I’ve had the wonderful opportunity working with a local coalition called ‘Pelham PACT’ (Parents And Community Together). The mission of Pelham PACT is to educate and promote healthy lifestyles to the community youth. Through PACT, I’ve been able to speak to students and their parents as well…

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Jarrod Wright, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Georgia Representative

Posted on Oct 20th, 2016

Jarrod is a junior at Southeast Whitfield High School in Dalton, Georgia. He enjoys playing sports, and his favorite is basketball. He also loves to volunteer for things like coaching youth teams, packing gifts for under-privileged children, and helping in food drives. He attends Welcome Hill Baptist Church and does volunteer work there as well. He’s very excited to be Georgia’s representative to the Youth Advocacy…

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Join the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board

Posted on Sep 27th, 2016

Mission “To serve as D.A.R.E.’s student advisor and ambassador providing insight, voice, and advocacy for D.A.R.E. education programs.” What is YAB and What’s Its History The Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) was initiated in 2000 with the concept of electing one high school student from each state to represent the interest of their community, D.A.R.E. America, and the D.A.R.E. program. The YAB is a working board consisting of 50+ D.A.R.E. students, one from each state, as well as…

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The D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board at the 29th International Training Conference

Posted on Sep 8th, 2016

D.A.R.E. America held our 29th D.A.R.E International Training Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on July 19-21, 2016.  In attendance at the conference were 8 of our D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board members. Our 8 Youth Advocacy Board members were able to join us as volunteers, assisting D.A.R.E. America in making the conference a success!  Each YAB assisted in varies volunteer activities ranging from staffing registration booths, participating in Opening Ceremony Flag Parade, and handing out…

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