February 24, 2018
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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:

D.A.R.E. America Louis “Skip” Miller National Scholarship Award 2018

Posted on Jan 9th, 2018

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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Will Durie, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Minnesota Representative

Posted on Dec 29th, 2017

My name is Will Durie. I live in Hibbing, MN with my parents and my two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. I am a junior at Hibbing High School this year and maintain a 4.0 GPA while participating in the honors track offered at my school. I am a member of the varsity basketball, baseball, and cross-country sports teams. I have played baseball and basketball my whole life and really enjoy playing the sports with my best friends who have also grown up with the games. I joined cross…

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Alyssa Gibson, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Maryland Representative

Posted on Dec 29th, 2017

My name is Alyssa Gibson and I am currently a Senior at a High School in Maryland. I have been the Maryland D.A.R.E. YAB for the last year now, and I have had an incredible time. Besides being a D.A.R.E. YAB, I am an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at my local firehouse and volunteer at the Medic Unit. Volunteering is one of my favorite things to do. I also volunteer at the local Sheriff's Office. I do ride-alongs with the Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff's Office quite…

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Caitlin Walker, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Virginia Representative

Posted on Dec 26th, 2017

My name is Caitlin Walker and I am excited to be the Youth Advocacy Board Representative for the State of Virginia! I am currently a senior at Eastern View High School, located in Culpeper, Virginia. I live with my mom, dad, two brothers, and dog, Tazer. I am a very outgoing person and never hesitate to meet new friends! Next year I have hopes to attend a 4 year university and study communication and English. I am a big sports fan and enjoy playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. In my…

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Jamie Kofron, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Iowa Representative

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2017

Jamie Kofron, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Iowa Representative

Hi there! My name is Jamie Kofron and I am the D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board Representative from Iowa! I live in a small town called Tipton in Eastern Iowa. I am currently a junior at Tipton High School. I am active in athletics, band and choir, and various clubs around my high school. Through these activities, I have learned that I have a love for leading others to be a source of good. I hope to continue this passion of mine through D.A.R.E. One interesting fact about me is that my I am a…

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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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