Youth Council

WHAT is the UPC Youth Council?


 It is a group of high school leaders committed to keeping their schools and youth  safe and drug free.


The Youth Council is made up of two representatives from each Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high school. We are also looking for several representatives from Fairfax County Public middle schools and from local private schools.


We are a part of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County and work to create peer-to-peer education programs for elementary, middle and high schools about substance abuse and making healthy choices.

WHY should YOU join?

By joining Youth Council, you will be able to:

  • Create youth-directed prevention activities
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Gain volunteer and service hours
  • Earn certificates of achievement and leadership
  • Be an active and helpful member of your community



HOW can YOU join?

You can join year-round! There are three ways for a student to become a Youth Council member:

  1. The student can directly contact the UPC Youth Coordinator to discuss joining.
  2. A student can fill out the application online.
  3. An FCPS staff or administrator can ask a student to represent their high school by joining the Youth Council. The administrator or staff person needs to fill out the recommendation form found here. The administrator or staff person should also encourage students they recommend to apply online.






Meet Our 2016-2017 Executive Officers

Anneliese Hughes


Avaanti Sridhar

Vice President

Maryam Zahar


Valerie Nguyen


Elizabeth Andres

Social Media Chair

See what we've been up to this school year...


  • On Feb. 4, nineteen Youth Council representatives went to Capitol Hill in support of CADCA's Capitol Hill Day, in order to talk to U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer and Barbara Comstock, as well as U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, about the Youth Council's recent initiatives and their concerns about the links between substance abuse and stress within their own community.



  • The Youth Council participated in National Drug Facts Week, a weekly teen health observance by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). At a special dinner and meeting held at TEOCO Corporation, Youth Council members participated in a specially created “Drug Facts Jeopardy Challenge” and took the NIDA Drug Facts quiz. Additionally, they listened to a presentation on language and communication presented by Vinay Kumar (a corporate leadership trainer for TEOCO), in order to prepare for their visit to Capitol Hill.
  • UPC and Youth Council encouraged all Fairfax County 8th and 9th graders to support NIDA Drug Facts Week within their health classes by taking the NIDA Drug Facts Quiz and participating in a simulated NIDA chat hosted by their teachers. Additionally, several schools requested promotional and education materials for the NIDA Drug Facts Week.


  • Youth Council members created “Marijuana Harmless? Think Again,” a video posted on YouTube capturing their own opinions, as well as those of professionals within the community, on the harmful effects of marijuana.
  • Additionally, the members wrote a letter to their local legislators offering their opinions about the recent legalization of marijuana in D.C.. Read the letter here
  • Youth Council members wrote several blogs around the holidays and New Years to remind their peers and friends about the dangers of underage and binge drinking, and drinking and driving, and how to make good choices for the new year. Check out our news page to see the articles!



  • UPC Youth Council members took part in a ceremony in fall 2014 unveiling the first sign establishing Tobacco Free Play Zones in local parks.
  • As part of the effort to keep Fairfax County parks clean and tobacco-free, a large group of Youth Council members helped in a Nov. 8 cleanup at Fairfax Skate Park, along with other volunteers from Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Youth Council invited friends and family to a Thanksgiving Day Potluck in order to celebrate their accomplishments.


  • Youth Council representatives attended CADCA's Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner to celebrate the importance of youth making a difference in the community.


  • The Youth Council created four new wellness themed posters for distribution during Red Ribbon Week to each middle school in Fairfax County to raise awareness about the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Feel free to print out and use the posters below!












  • The Youth Council created the Red Ribbon Selfie campaign, handing out ribbons to students at Holmes Middle School for them to tie to their wrists and take selfies with #keepyousafe, in support of Red Ribbon Week.
  • Youth Council members also created unique Halloween posters to remind their high school peers to have an alcohol free Halloween. Feel free to print out and use the posters below!


  • Members of the UPC Youth Council attended the annual statewide Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) Conference at Longwood University. It marked the third year UPC was represented at the summer leadership conference.
  • Youth Council was recognized with a mini-grant award at the conference and received $250 to help implement their Strategies to Act Now (STAN) Plans developed during the week long YADAPP event.


  • Youth Council kicked off its first meeting of the year, led by their newly elected executive team and new Youth Council coordinator. Youth Council divided into work groups to work on its upcoming projects for the year and plan its strategies.

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The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and this website are partially funded by a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) and a federal SAMHSA Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking grant (STOP). UPC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with more than 60 partners and members from the community