YDAPP hosts various special events to educate the community of the youth drug and alcohol abuse problems. YDAPP highschool interns are posing for a group photo after the successful end of YDAPP’s Got Talent.
Drug and alcohol consumption have long been prevalent in the teen party culture and have been used widely as a coping mechanism. For the last 18 years, YDAPP has tackled tobacco and alcohol use by Koreatown youth.This year, YDAPP has taken on a new emerging issue that is already affecting Koreatown in a significant way–marijuana. Surprising statistics tell us that Marijuana use among teens has risen in the past three years, with roughly one in fifteen high school seniors today being a daily, or near-daily, marijuana user. Moreover, alcohol remains the most widely used substance and most problematic in teens. Sadly, many youths get themselves trapped in substance abuse addictions without knowing the serious long term consequences, instigated by peer pressure.
YDAPP’s Got Talent created an efficient platform to introduce our program to our friends and family members.
Likewise, KYCC’s Youth Drug Prevention Program is a perfect program for high school students willing to build leadership and advocacy skill sets in the field they are passionate about: preventing our friends from substance abuse. YDAPP additionally offers a variety of outside opportunities for topics related to youth tobacco prevention, summer nonprofit internships, youth summits, and art show participations. The mission of YDAPP is to train youth to raise awareness among Koreatown, Pico-Union, and Westlake youth about substance abuse and provide a safe, supportive environment where all community members can learn, thrive, and grow.
Hannah Yi said, “As the YDAPP Coordinator, I personally believe that it is important to give students opportunities to bring in their own passions and insights to address substance abuse and ultimately create healthier communities. Youth truly are the experts of their own population and always have innovative ideas. It’s been amazing seeing a group of students passionately working together to make a difference and I hope this program serves as a pipeline for future leaders.” Join YDAPP to become a youth alcohol and drug ambassador to help the community while growing as a leader fighting for a good cause! For more information, please contact Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 365-7400 Ext.5127.
Goeun Lee, Grade 11
Larchmont Charter School