Join SSDP’s Youth-Led Board of Directors – Applications Now Open!

Join SSDP’s Youth-Led Board of Directors – Applications Now Open!

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Announcing SSDP Congressional Session 2024

In 2024, SSDP Congress will convene from March 7th – 8th, 2024, and provide each chapter in the network the opportunity to elect new student members to the Board of Directors. We strongly encourage all who believe they can commit to apply.

Serving on SSDP’s Board of Directors is an invaluable, incredibly rewarding experience. You will play a major part in growing SSDP and helping to end the War on Drugs while gaining a unique nonprofit management experience.


SSDP Congress facilitates SSDP’s youth-driven agenda. Elected student and youth members and appointed alumni make up the Board of Directors; all are volunteers and each member serves a three-year term. Some of the responsibilities include crafting strategy for the organization, monitoring compliance and financial affairs, overseeing SSDP’s Executive Director, participating in the annual SSDP Strategy Summit, and conducting Congress. Each member serves on various Board committees that range from outreach to fundraising. If you’re interested in looking at the bylaws, take a look here


There are multiple open student director positions to be filled during the March 2024 Congress. To apply to be a candidate, please fill out this application form. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 7th at 11:59pm PDT. Please send your application through the application link, and send any questions to Stay tuned on SSDP’s social media for more updates. 


Each chapter will have one vote and will get to rank their top candidates for the Board of Directors. The Alumni Association will also receive one vote carried out in the same way. Election results for the Board of Directors will be announced virtually on Monday, March 11th.

All chapters will vote online. Voting forms will be distributed to network leaders via email on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT.  This voting form will remain open for 24 hours and will close at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT on Friday, March 8, 2024  to allow for ample time for voting. However, Chapters and members should view virtual congress materials before voting. 

SSDP is a youth-lead organization that cannot exist without the input of our members.  Your voices and questions are important as your ideas are what drive our success. Please review our congress materials available online and vote! We look forward to receiving your applications soon!