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

Posted on September 27, 2016 by in News, Spotlight, Youth Advocacy Board



“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 select representatives from other countries. Serving as a YAB representative provides each member an opportunity to advise D.A.R.E. America, local D.A.R.E. programs, and government and community leaders on issues critical to the mission and vision of D.A.R.E. America. The Youth Advocacy Board is comprised of only student members; there are no officers on the Youth Advocacy Board. Each YAB member is a current high school student that is selected to represent their state and community on behalf of D.A.R.E. America.

Why Serve


  1. Provide skill development
  2. Opportunity to provide input/advise D.A.R.E.
  3. Involved in community events
  4. Participate in D.A.R.E. related projects
  5. Ambassador and advocate to D.A.R.E. America and their community
  6. Network w/YAB high school students from around the world
  7. Apply for D.A.R.E. National Award Scholarship $20,000
  8. Participate in annual D.A.R.E. International Training Conference

How to become a YAB Representative

Must meet qualifications to apply.

  1. Be a freshman and no older than a sophomore in high school at time of selection
  2. Willing to serve for at least 2 years
  3. Graduate of either the elementary, middle, or high school D.A.R.E. program
  4. Have history of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement
  5. Articulate and comfortable with public speaking
  6. Lead a lifestyle consistent with the goals and objectives of D.A.R.E.

Fill out the YAB Application.

Provide a recommendation/nomination letter from any of the following:

  1. D.A.R.E. officer
  2. School official (teacher, principle, etc)
  3. D.A.R.E. officer association
  4. State training administrator

Application will be submitted to D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Coordinator, Jacqueline Ho at [email protected].

Deadline for application is December 1st.

Pledge or Oath

Must pledge:

We will work independently, and as a united body, to help others resist the pressure to become involved in drugs, violence, and to lead safe and healthy lives. 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 advocates 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 strives to remain drug and violence free, and we will always speak out to champion the values that D.A.R.E. America represents.


The main projects that YAB members participate in on a national level include:

  1. Providing youth input through surveys, discussions, data collecting, etc.
  2. Participate in at least 2 D.A.R.E. related projects*
    • D.A.R.E. International Training Conference
    • TBD
  3. Speaking at special events
    • Can be a student/peer mentor
    • Speak at D.A.R.E. graduations where possible
  4. Writing correspondences to local decision makers

* Project and volunteer opportunities are usually about 3-5 days.

**Travel expenses are covered by D.A.R.E. and a per diem is provided for meals that are not provided. Expenses are covered for both YAB member and one chaperone.

Term of appointment

Term begins freshman or sophomore year until their senior year: 2-4 years


Project subject are determined each year by D.A.R.E.’s CEO.     In general, YAB projects assist YAB members individually and D.A.R.E. America collectively to market and advocate D.A.R.E. education programs. For example, in 2016, YAB members were asked to review the new D.A.R.E. high school curriculum and, after receiving relevant training, create a promotional PSA video.

D.A.R.E. International Training Conference


About the scholarship:

The D.A.R.E. America National Scholarship is for $20,000 and is awarded annually to a qualified graduating YAB senior high school student to attend the university or college of their choice. Notification of the Scholarship is usually sent out in January and deadline to apply is in March

The requirements for eligibility are as follows:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen
  2. Must have completed junior year of high school at time of application
  3. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  4. Must not be related to a current D.A.R.E. officer/administrator
  5. Must apply only to an accredited institution (4 years) in the U.S.
  6. Must lead a lifestyle consistent with the goals and objectives of D.A.R.E.
  7. Must be a member of the D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board

Scholarship Terms and Conditions:

To maintain eligibility for participation in award of the 2016 D.A.R.E. America National Scholarship the recipient must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States.
  2. Be a full time student as defined by the college or university in which enrolled.
  3. Maintain status as a student in good academic standing (not be on academic probation) as set forth in policy established by the college or university in which enrolled.
  4. At the conclusion of each academic year, forward to D.A.R.E. America a copy of academic transcripts.
  5. Lead a lifestyle consistent with and upholding the goals and objectives of the D.A.R.E. America program.
  6. Refrain from any use of illicit substance and abuse of tobacco or alcohol.
  7. At the request of D.A.R.E. America, on occasion, appear at special events on behalf of the D.A.R.E. America program. The recipient shall bear no expense for attendance at such events and attendance is not to interfere with academic activities.
  8. Report in writing, to D.A.R.E. America any actions or determination violating the aforementioned terms and conditions. Such communication shall be transmitted via United States Postal Service, registered mail, within five business days of becoming aware of the action or determination.