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D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board

Mission Statement

To serve as D.A.R.E.’s student advocates and ambassadors, thereby providing insight, voice, and advocacy for D.A.R.E. education programs.



About Youth Advocacy Board

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.  International students are also eligible to serve.

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.

Youth Advocacy Board Members

Join the D.A.R.E. 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.”

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

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.


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 . . .

Shelby Student Selected for National D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board

Jack Droelle, a ninth grader at Shelby Junior High School in the Utica Community Schools district, has been selected to be the Michigan representative to the National D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Youth Advocacy Board. Droelle was nominated by Shelby...

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

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

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...

Alamogordo Student Chosen For D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board

After a state-wide search, an Alamogordo high school student has been selected to represent New Mexico as part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Youth Advocacy Board. Bowen Perry, 16, was named to the position during the New Mexico D.A.R.E. Officers...

Washington YAB Representative Danielle Littrell at the Benton County Fair

“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, Youth Advocacy Board Member from Washington


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