While at the conference, our Hanover students connected with other students from around Virginia. All of them shared a common interest in leading initiatives in their communities that encourage substance-free youth. The teens bonded through a week of fun activities, workshops and empowering speeches. Two adult leaders from the Hanover County Sheriff's Office attended the conference with the youth. This is the third consecutive year that deputies Steven Appouh-Hester and Rick Chapman have volunteered to provide adult supervision and guidance for our Hanover County youth at the conference. Hanover Cares is grateful for their role in the experience, and for the support the Hanover County Sheriff's office puts behind making this an experience that impacts the lives of our youth every year.
The students returned from the conference with plans to implement projects they hope will prevent their peers from getting caught up in problems with alcohol and drugs. Adult leaders from our Hanover Cares team will begin meeting with the youth once each month to help them successfully complete their projects. Whether it's teaching them leadership skills or helping them identify necessary resources, the adults will strive to empower these youth leaders to make a difference in the lives of their classmates.
All 8 of these students went through an application process and interviewed with 5 adults from the Hanover Cares team. We're very proud of the work they put in last week developing their plans, and we look forward to witnessing the impact they will have on our community over the next year.
If you have an interest in being a part of the YADAPP team and help us implement the projects, whether a student or an adult, please go to our contact us page and send us a message.
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Sierra Lackey, Lee Davis, Sarah Bashaw, Hanover, Morrow Berberich, Lee Davis, Lauren Wolfgang, Lee Davis, Nikki Gooding, Hanover, Zoe Arieux, Patrick Henry, and Drashty Mody, Atlee