November 26, 2014
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Youth Advisory Board

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

Ryan Collins, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Missouri Representative Chase Jenkins, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Georgia Representative Mariana DiMercurio, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Florida Representative Gianna Mousalimas, D.A.R.E. America YAB California Representative Grace Etzkorn, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Illinois Representative Brenna Smith, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Tennessee Representative Lexy Lynn, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board South Dakota Representative Paige McCoy, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Nebraska Representative Julia Clark, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Oregon Representative Emri Trainor, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Colorado Representative Taton Bennett, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Kansas Representative Matt Reed, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Indiana Representative Nicole Lusk, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Maryland Representative Kayla Kingsbury, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Michigan Representative Amber Young Ripplinger, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board North Dakota Representative Spencer Flanders, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Nevada Representative Hanna Anderson, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Wisconsin Representative Molly Creagar, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Wyoming Representative Caitlin Walker, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Virginia Representative Koby Yoshimi, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Hawaii Representative
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Amber Young Ripplinger, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board North Dakota Representative

The Youth Advisory 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.

2012-13 D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board Conference in Quantico, VA

2012-13 D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board Conference in Quantico, VA

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.