August 23, 2017
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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

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

Ava Heisinger, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board South Dakota Representative

Posted on Aug 15th, 2017

I'm Ava Heisinger. I am a freshman at Sturgis Brown High School. I was born on May 22nd, 2003 in Rapid City, SD. My parents are Billy and Cathy Heisinger. I currently live in Whitewood, SD with my dad, Brittney, my stepmom, and my two lab puppies. During the summer, I love to play softball; I have played for 2 years now, and just made the junior varsity team. As of right now, I am thinking about going to college to either be a doctor or a…

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2017 Youth Advocacy Board Graduates

Posted on Aug 8th, 2017

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Congratulations to our Graduating YABs for all dedication and hard work they put into the D.A.R.E. program and into their communities as our D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board members! While we are sad to see them go, we are also excited for the bright future that awaits them! The young ladies and gentlemen have been an inspiration to not just D.A.R.E. but we hope to their peers as well. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish! Goodbye, Good luck, and STAY IN…

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YAB Report on the 30th International Training Conference

Posted on Aug 7th, 2017

30th ANNUAL D.A.R.E. CONFERENCE   “Give them their voice” On July 11th - 13th 2017, our Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) members showed just what they are capable of achieving at our 30th Annual D.A.R.E. International Training Conference in Grapevine, TX. 15 YABs from varying national and international states gathered together on July 8th in preparation of the D.A.R.E. Conference. Each year, the conference boasts hundreds of D.A.R.E. Officers, Educators, and Public Officials with Frank…

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Maggie Engnes is the 2017 National Scholarship Awardee

Posted on Aug 7th, 2017

Maggie Engnes, Wisconsin's Youth Advocacy Board Representative, is the 2017 D.A.R.E. America National Scholarship Awardee. The scholarship recognizes academic excellence and rewards students who remain true to the goals of the D.A.R.E. program. It is awarded annually to a qualified 12th grade student to attend the university or college of their choice. Congratulations,…

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2017 D.A.R.E. International Conference Images and Videos

Posted on Aug 6th, 2017

The 30th Annual Conference was held July 11-13th, 2017 at the Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine, Texas.   See the 2017 D.A.R.E. International Conference Images and Videos below. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the 30th D.A.R.E. America International Training Conference Photos from the 30th D.A.R.E. America International Training Conference In Memorium Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 2017 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year 2017 D.A.R.E. YAB Scholarship Award 2017…

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Samuel Miranda Ferreira, D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board Brazil Representative

Posted on Jul 29th, 2017

Samuel Miranda Ferreira, D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board Brazil Representative

My name is Samuel Miranda Ferreira, I am 15 years old, and I was born and raised here in Varginha, Brazil, the city where I live. Since I was a child I like to share my ideas, feelings and thoughts. So I started writing a lot and speaking a lot too, until 2015, when I made my Class' graduation speech. I loved it, so I started talking even more! Then I had my first opportunity to represent my city at a conference. Before that, I represented my state. And now, I am representing my country!…

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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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Molly Rooth Corder, D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board UK Representative

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

My name is Molly Rooth Corder and I am the UK representative for the Youth Advocacy Board. I live near Nottingham - Robin Hood Country - with my mum, dad and…

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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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