December 13, 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

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

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

YAB Member Samuel Miranda Ferreira at D.A.R.E. Graduation in Brazil

Posted on Nov 24th, 2017

Samuel Miranda Ferreira, D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board Member from Brazil, was at a large D.A.R.E./Proerd graduation recently. He said, "Here in Brazil things are doing great! I am working with my State Police and attending to lots of D.A.R.E. graduations and classes about drugs. I have attached some photos of our last graduation." "I have been talking to my father about some other projects we could bring to our community and things we could do to make the D.A.R.E. Program even more…

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Coffee with a Cop, a Project of New Jersey YAB Member Julia Manning

Posted on Nov 24th, 2017

Julia Manning, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from New Jersey, completed another part of her project: Coffee with a Cop!! It was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at a local Starbucks in Park Ridge. It was a big hit this year, so many people showed up! Here are some…

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Carley Keller, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board North Carolina Representative

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2017

Carley Keller, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board North Carolina Representative

My name is Carley Keller and I am a freshman in High School. I am a cheerleader for my school and for a competitive cheer gym. In my free time I like to watch football (especially my high-school team), cheer, and hangout with friends. My parents are Crecia & David, and I have a younger brother named Carson. We spend a lot of time together at the beach, going on the boat and church. I’m so excited to be on the D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board, so thankful for this opportunity and Thank you to the…

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Bowen D. Perry, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board New Mexico Representative

Posted on Nov 1st, 2017

Bowen D. Perry, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board New Mexico Representative

I am enrolled in Aerospace Science-III in Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, NM-20011, and hold various commanding positions within the Corps. I am the Commander of Kitty Hawk Air Society, the Commander of our Public Affairs Group, and the Commander of our Aerospace Studies Team. With commanding and facilitating the functions of each team/group, I am very passionate about the content of each team/group. In Kitty Hawk Air Society, we are a group of cadets who are high achieving in…

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Makenna Christiansen, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board South Dakota Representative

Posted on Sep 27th, 2017

Makenna Christiansen, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board South Dakota Representative

My name is Makenna Christiansen. I am a sophomore in high school. I run cross country and track, and play basketball for my high school. I am very passionate about music. I love to sing, play the piano, and I am presently learning how to play the ukulele. I am the second of six kids. I have three younger brothers and two sisters. In my free time I am usually reading (mostly Harry Potter), drawing, hanging out with friends, watching Disney movies, or spending time with my family. I love…

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

Posted on Sep 18th, 2017

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

My name is Richard Smith and I am a junior from Tracy, California. I like to participate in speech and debate events and activities at my church. In my spare time I like to play guitar and saxophone. 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 also instituted an annual breakfast fundraiser in my…

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Washington YAB Representative Danielle Littrell at the Benton County Fair

Posted on Aug 27th, 2017

I got the great opportunity to work with D.A.R.E. Officer JP Benitez at the Benton County Fair on Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th. We handed out information pamphlets to parents and interacted with children who were past and future D.A.R.E. graduates! - Danielle Littrell, Washington YAB…

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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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