|It's Not Too Late
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You can quickly and easily fill out the form online, or, if you prefer, print the form and fax or mail it to us.
If you haven't received a 2010-2011 Chapter Recognition Certificate, you haven't updated this year! Click here to update now.
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Welcome to another issue of The SADDvocate
. Hey, it's National Youth Traffic Safety Month! We hope your chapter is conducting a traffic safety activity this month. Need some ideas? Download the toolkit
full of great resources for your chapter's use.
Our goal is to ensure that every SADD chapter has the latest news, so we're counting on you to help spread the word about The SADDvocate
. Please encourage all of your SADD chapter members to sign up on sadd.org
, or send a list (spreadsheets preferred, with columns for first name, last name, and email address) to Chris Egan, SADD's Director of Field Services, at email@example.com
Sometimes school computer filters prevent students and advisors from seeing The SADDvocate
properly, in full color with graphics. You can view every issue in our online archive
. This issue will be posted to the archive later today.
A good source of regular SADD news is our Facebook page
. Please "like" our page today, and encourage your friends to do so as well! Links to all our social network pages are on the bar at left.
|SADD National Conference - Not Too Late!|
Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime - make your plans to join hundreds of fellow SADD students and advisors at the 2011 SADD National Conference
, Passport to Adventure: Cleared for Takeoff
, in Chicago, Illinois on June 26-29.
Planned by youth and adults committed to SADD, this is a great educational experience that promises to be full of valuable information, compelling speakers, and lots of fun activities! You'll also connect with other SADD students and advisors, have the chance to exchange ideas, and make lasting friendships.
Keynote speakers this year include Eddie Slowikowski and Kevin Brooks. We'll also welcome ThinkFast, a fun and fast-paced game show experience with great prizes! And of course, you won't want to miss out on the many amazing workshops focused on leadership development, traffic safety, underage drinking prevention, and the chance to check out the innovative resources showcased in our exhibit hall. As a special treat, you'll take a trip to Chicago's famous Navy Pier and enjoy a boat tour of Lake Michigan.
Make your plans to join us next month in Chicago! We've extended our registration deadline, so there's still time for your chapter to register. Visit sadd.org
to learn more.
|Programs and Resources|
It's National Youth Traffic Safety Month (NYTSM)! We hope your chapter is conducting some type of traffic safety activity in the weeks ahead. NYTSM is sponsored by the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), of which SADD is a proud member. The NOYS website is full of useful information about NYTSM, including a downloadable toolkit
packed full of resources. Be sure to register your NYTSM activity
on the NOYS website so that your impact is measured!
The video below has been attracting a lot of attention recently. It has a positive message about underage drinking. Check it out by clicking below. If your school blocks YouTube on school computers, you can find a "school-friendly" version here
|I Believe by Timothy Shoemaker (Incredible Backwards Video About Teen Drinking)|
|Contests, Grants, and Awards|
Did your SADD chapter develop a successful new activity? Is your advisor really cool? Maybe you think your chapter is the best in the nation! If so, there's still time to apply for one of SADD's "Best" Awards
. Presented at the SADD National Conference, these awards recognize stellar SADD work in three categories: Activity of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Chapter of the Year. There are cash prizes for the top three winners in each category. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1. To download the application, click here
Are you headed to college? New Traffic Safety Leader Scholarships
are being offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with NOYS. The scholarships recognize young people who've worked for traffic safety among their peers and plan to continue doing so in the years ahead. There are two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship available. The deadline to apply is May 31. Click here to download the application form
Toyota's 100 Cars for Good
program is giving away 100 cars in 100 days. Each day, five nonprofits compete to win a new Toyota, with the general public voting the winner on the Toyota Facebook page
. This program began May 9, and we're thrilled to report Indiana SADD won a car that very day! Next up is Northern Lights SADD (covering the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota), which will be competing on May 24. We hope you'll take a minute to vote for them on that day. Check out the video they created
asking for your vote!
Other partners will be competing in the weeks ahead, including the Pennsylvania DUI Association, who host Pennsylvania SADD - they're up on July 18. Keep track of our Facebook page
, where we'll post reminders to vote.
Voting in the annual Act Out Loud contest,
focused on distracted driving, begins May 16, and runs through May 22. Please help one of the SADD chapters competing earn the $10,000 grand prize! Visit actoutloud.org
for more information on the teams competing (click on states on the map to bring up a list), and remember to vote next week!
The YOUTH-Turn It Around Awards
recognize organizations that respond to a traffic-safety-related tragedy in their school or community by implementing a project this May during NYTSM to prevent future tragedies. The contest deadline is May 31, and the grand prize is $5,000! Click here for more information
|Liberty Mutual/SADD Teen Driver Research|
According to a new Liberty Mutual/SADD national study of 2,294 high school students, only 6 percent of teens say they have driven under the influence on prom night, a stark contrast to the perception of that behavior. In a 2009 study, 90 percent of teens felt their peers would be more likely to drink and drive after prom than at other times of the year.
Why is the percentage (thankfully) so low? The study reveals that school policies and security measures make a difference. 89 percent of students reported that their schools have policies or programs in place to keep teens from engaging in illegal behaviors.
While there's good news about prom, the study reveals other dangers. Read the full press release
to discover the three times of the year that teens are most likely to drive under the influence and what procedures your school might implement to ensure safe celebrations.
Liberty Mutual and SADD have partnered for many years on teen driving research, and it is part of a robust library of resources for parents and teens to navigate the early driving years. Find many helpful tools at LibertyMutual.com/TeenDriving
|SADD Speaker Series - Book for the Fall!|
As you look ahead to the fall and the new school year, consider booking our widely-acclaimed SADD Speaker Series
, featuring SADD Chairman and CEO Stephen Wallace, author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex--What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling
. This series has effectively touched thousands of students, parents, teachers, coaches, and other youth mentors using SADD's Teens Today
Stephen Wallace brings broad experience and knowledge to his presentations, providing practical, research-based solutions to difficult issues. His energy and enthusiasm will captivate your audience and provide tremendous food for thought.
There are five presentations for your school or community to choose from:
- Family Focus ... for parents and teens together
- Bullying. Not Cool ... for middle schoolers
- School Speaker ... for middle and high school students
- Parent Power ... for parents
- Teens Today ... for administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff.
Here's a special deal: book back-to-back presentations and you'll receive a discount plus a free copy of Mr. Wallace's book for your library. To learn more and book a presentation today, click here.
|SADD Store - Exciting New Items!|
The SADD Store is introducing new items all the time - such as the SADD graduation stoles and cords we told you about last month. This month, we wanted to call your attention to even more new items. The SADD Wristband is the perfect way to show off your SADD pride, and makes a great gift or giveaway. They're available now for only $3!
Always making the right choice can be hard, but the SADD Magic Answer Ball
may provide the answers you're looking for! One customer's review: "This is a really fun and funny gift to get for anyone that supports SADD. I love it." The SADD Magic Answer Ball is available for an affordable $7.50.
Both are in stock and ship within 72 hours. Standard shipping takes no more than seven days to reach your door, and express shipping is available. Visit saddstore.org
to order, answer poll questions, review items, and more! You may also call 1-888-608-6988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Each month, a member of the SADD National Student Leadership Council (SLC) will write a column designed to help chapters with useful activity ideas, meeting suggestions, and more.|
Howdy! My name is Logan Gerber-Chavez, a member of the SLC from Utah. I'm currently a student at Texas A&M University, studying meteorology and political science.
May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also says it's one of the more dangerous months for teen drivers. There are lots of risks, including impaired and reckless driving. But lately distracted driving has come to the forefront, especially for teens, as more research shows the dangers. Did you know SADD was the first national organization to call attention to the dangers of texting while driving, all the way back in 2005?
Do you need ideas for activities to address this important issue? Be sure to download the NYTSM toolkit that contains statistics, project ideas, planning tips, and more! Your chapter can make a real difference by working hard this month.
Post pictures or new activity ideas on our Facebook page. Hope to see you at the upcoming national conference - it's coming up soon. Good luck during NYTSM, and stay safe, everyone!
Remember that the SADD National Field Services department is here to provide help and support to chapters, especially those in states without state coordinators. Just call 1-877-SADD-INC, ext. 223 or email email@example.com
Thanks for reading this issue of The SADDvocate
, and thanks for all the work you do in your SADD chapters!
Christopher Egan, Director of Field Services