Check for vehicle recalls
The start of a new school year is a great time to check for any recalls on your vehicle. About one in five vehicles has an open safety recall that has not been repaired. Recalls can pose serious risks and affect important vehicle systems, such as airbags, seat belts, brakes, gear shift, steering column and more. CheckToProtect.org  is a free lookup service you can use to see if your vehicle is at risk. Just enter the VIN number and, if needed, schedule a free repair with a dealership. Read more from the National Safety Council here, or click the button below to check your vehicle!
National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 20-26 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Crossroads will have 25 campaign kits available for schools that would like to promote teen driver safety! This year we are focusing on student leadership, so find some student leaders and sign up for your kit to start earning stars for your school.

This year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign will primarily be a social media campaign. We want students to post on social media about one of the following topics:
  • What makes you a safe driver?
  • What makes teens the safest drivers?
  • What does safe driving look like?
  • What motivates you to be a safe driver?
  • Why do you choose to be a safe driver?
Kit contents
Kits will contain a banner (for schools who have not yet received one) along with lanyards and keychains for students to distribute. Students can include pics of themselves using these items in their social media posts about safe driving! Don’t forget to tag @CrossroadsTeenDriving (Facebook), @KnowCrossroads (Twitter) using #NTDSW, #NationalTeenDriverSafetyWeek, #TeenDriver. 

After the week is over, we will ask you to complete a very brief wrap-up survey. Schools that complete the survey will receive gift cards in the mail.
New focus for a new school year
As we head into the new school year, we are excited to again partner with Wisconsin schools and communities to promote teen traffic safety through campaigns and projects during the school year. This year, we want to focus on student leadership and ownership of these projects. With the help of an adult mentor, students can choose to implement a Crossroads campaign kit, implement a “Quick Win” project, design their own teen traffic safety project for their school or community, OR  mix and match from these options! Each option is explained in more detail on our website . The more you do, the more stars your school earns!
We are hoping that these changes lead to the following:
  • The projects are more customizable since every Wisconsin school and community is unique.
  • Students can choose the level of commitment that they are comfortable with, figure out the best timing for their teen traffic safety project and focus on topics that are meaningful to them.
  • Increased communication between Crossroads and the students.

All schools who participate in at least one teen traffic safety campaign/project will receive recognition from Crossroads via social media, our website and/or our monthly newsletter. We are thankful for your commitment to keeping Wisconsin teens safe on the road!
Identifying student leaders
Student leadership is key to the success of the campaigns and projects. So how do we find student leaders for these activities? They may belong to groups that already exist at your school (e.g. FCCLA), or you may wish to establish a new group that addresses teen traffic safety either independently or as a subset of related topics (e.g. Teen Health, Safety and Wellness). The formation of a “teen empowerment” group that addresses multiple topics may work well for your school and provide variety in topics (e.g., mental health, healthy relationships, nutrition, first aid).  

Students can volunteer to be involved, students may recommend peers who would be a great fit, or an adult mentor may recommend that certain students be involved in this inclusive group. This is a great opportunity for students looking for new opportunities and experiences to build resumes and who want to influence and inspire their peers.
Funding opportunity for student-designed projects
Projects designed by students for their own schools can be submitted to Crossroads to determine if they qualify for funding. To be considered for funding, please submit a proposal. Proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2020, but the projects can be completed any time before the end of this school year. Visit the High School Campaigns and Projects page of our web site and then select “Designing your own school project" to learn more.
Return to Learn — a new concussion program for educators
With the new school year around the corner, the number of sports-related injuries and concussions tends to rise. The  Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic  at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to providing the knowledge and tools that educators need to help students return safely back into the classroom  and back to academics   after they have sustained a concussion.  Return to Learn is a new, free online course that educators can utilize to support students as they recover. Upon successful completion, a Return to Learn Champion designation will be awarded as well as additional resources to support the implementation of Return to Learn in their school setting. To learn more and register, please contact  Sportsconcussion@chw.org .
Scholarship opportunities
The Create Real Impact Contest gives you the opportunity to share creative solutions for preventing reckless and distracted driving while winning prizes for your efforts. Enter a submission into one of four categories: music, art, writing, or video. Fall 2019 contest dates (contest is open now): Contest closes 6 p.m. PST October 5, 2019. Online voting opens 6 p.m. PST October 6; online voting closes 6 p.m. PST October 11. Visit the website for more information.
Safe Rides Save Lives: FCCLA PSA Contest.  Sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, FCCLA members are asked to encourage their peers to make safe choices on the road.  Learn more here.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
For more information about Crossroads Teen Driving, call (414) 231-4928 or email   crossroadsteendriving@chw.org .