Meigs Helms credits her participation in the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) with making her a leader.

Meigs Helms

“Being a part of YADAPP has helped me become a stronger leader in my community,” said Helms, 16, a student at Radford High School. “It has given me the confidence to stand up for what I believe is right.”

Helms will join about 50 other youth from around Virginia to serve as peer leaders for YADAPP, a yearlong program coordinated by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC). The program begins with a week-long conference to develop plans to combat underage substance use across the commonwealth. The conference is set to take place July 16-20 at Longwood University in Farmville.

For more than three decades, enthusiastic teams of Virginia high school students have convened for a week in the summer to brainstorm ways to inspire…

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