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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

Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) Selection Guidelines & Responsibilities

 

The purpose of the Youth Advocacy Board is to give D.A.R.E. graduates an opportunity to speak to issues impacting the 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 to the above, the YAB is a working board, engaging in letter writing and media response, as well as role modeling and speaking at D.A.R.E. functions within their states.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

The Youth Advocacy Board selection criteria for the D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board must include the following:

  1. Must be at least a freshman or no older than a sophomore in high school/secondary school at the time of the selection, and be willing and available to serve on the Youth Advocacy Board for a minimum of two full years.
  2. Must be a graduate of either or both of the elementary and/or middle school D.A.R.E Programs, high school.
  3. Must have a history of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement.
  4. Must be articulate and comfortable with public speaking.
  5. Must be representative of the diversity of your state population.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The main projects that we get the YAB involved in on a national/International level include:

  • Progress report every 30 days including but not limited to:
    • Any activities
    • Completion of project
    • Meetings
    • Personal Appearance
  • Writing correspondences to local decision makers
  • Responding to media
  • Speaking at special events
  • Providing youth input through surveys, discussions, data collecting, etc.
  • Attending the required YAB meetings.
  • Creating Public Service Announcement videos
  • Must participate in two (2) major project in the year
  • Must attend the D.A.R.E. International Conference when requested
  • Contributes to the D.A.R.E America/International Instagram

In addition, many states/countries can:

  • Have the student serve as a peer mentor
  • Have the student speak at D.A.R.E. graduations where possible
  • Have student volunteer at local D.A.R.E. conference booths

**It should also be noted that the Youth Advocacy Board is now the only student group eligible for the National D.A.R.E. America Louis “Skip” Miller scholarship. Each year, one or more national members from the senior YAB pool will receive the scholarship. Because this is a wonderful opportunity, please keep that in mind when selecting a YAB member.

Biography, contact information, recommending officer’s name, and a photograph of the new YAB member should be forwarded to Jacqueline Ho, D.A.R.E. International Youth Advocacy Board Coordinator. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Jacqueline Ho at (800) 223-3273 or via email jacqueline.ho@dare.org.

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

Mission

“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

Benefits:

  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

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 jacqueline.ho@dare.org.

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.

Term of appointment

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

Projects

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.

Scholarship

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 . . .