The spirit of this partnership is to create a new resource with technical assistance ability to support you in your distracted driving efforts.
September 28, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The spirit of this partnership is to create a new resource with technical assistance ability to support you in your distracted driving efforts.
September 28, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
On August 1, SADD launched our new SADD Portal! This is a game-changer for ALL members of SADD Nation and is a great resource that will support our chapters, advisors, AND student leaders. The idea is that we can make the process easier for you to register, find resources, keep in touch with other alumni, and more! The SADD Portal is sure to be a beneficial addition to current and future members of SADD Nation and will enhance your abilities to make change happen in your schools and communities.
The SADD Portal comes with many perks for you and your chapter members! Register for the SADD National Conference with a few quick clicks, gain a wealth of download resources for SADD National programs at your fingertips, and even go through a one-time chapter registration process! Our hope is that this portal will become your go-to destination for all things SADD. With these perks and MANY more, it will be an easy and helpful space for your chapter to utilize what SADD National has to offer you!
With the release of the SADD Portal, we are also welcoming a NEW SADD Membership Program! To continue to bring you the resources and information that you have come to love, we have implemented a small $5 annual membership fee for each chapter member.
Is your school or non-profit community organization ready to start a SADD chapter? Get started today, it’s simple and the annual membership fee is only $5!
To start a SADD chapter:
Questions? Please contact our State Coordinator:
Angela Bonine, MAPS
428 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101
SADD is a national network of caring and committed youth that strive to make a positive impact in their communities. It empowers teens and encourages them to consider the impact of their choices on their friends and families.
Is It Worth the Risk?, is a SADD National core program that uses peerto-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents and communities about creating visibility and awareness in your community. Through this campaign, you and your peers will learn about real-life and legal consequences associated with underage drinking.
Rock the Belt, is a SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing seat belts in every vehicle, every seat, every time.
SADD Shines: The Power of You, is always held the first week of February or any time during the month. SADD Shines is a national core program designed to guide teens, parents and communities to celebrate SADD and highlight the important issue of student personal health and safety with an emphasis on tobacco advocacy and prevention.
It’s not too late to plan your SADD Shines week activities and join this country-wide celebration of SADD with a platform to address student personal health and safety. These activities are free to all registered chapters. It was developed as SADD Shines day in 2013, but now it is celebrated for an entire week from January 30-February 3, 2017.
The three required activities include:
Click here for a list of optional activities to enhance your effectiveness. This is a great opportunity to advocate for changes in local, state and national policy to increase personal health and safety. You also may want to work with your school administration and Board of Education to implement a health and safety policy if your school doesn’t have one.
Please use this opportunity to show your community and policy makers how SADD Shines!
New Study Reveals Teens are Engaging in Aggressive Driving Behaviors, Neglecting Driving Basics
New Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD study highlights that teens are ignoring the basic rules of the road – and parents are largely unaware
BOSTON (December 1, 2015) While so much rightful attention has been paid to the dangers of distracted driving in recent years, a new study released by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) reveals that teens are still neglecting the most basic rules of the road – from observing speed limits and wearing seatbelts to engaging in aggressive driving behaviors – and parents are largely unaware. With fewer hours of daylight, winter road conditions and busy holiday traffic, it’s critical that parents discuss getting back to the basics with their teen drivers – not only during winter months, but all year round.
Teens’ Aggressive Behaviors Leading to Risky Road Behaviors
Despite a majority of teens (81 percent) who consider aggressive driving to be dangerous, more than one-third (36 percent) admit to having an aggressive driving style, revealing a disconnect between teens’ understanding of safe driving and reality. Even more alarming, 31 percent of teens say they have retaliated or experienced road rage when provoked by another driver – creating a dangerous environment for everyone on the road.
According to NHTSA, aggressive driving is defined as an individual committing a combination of moving traffic offenses, such as driving above the speed limit and cutting off other drivers; while retaliatory driving, also known as “road rage,” is defined as an assault with a motor vehicle, which is a criminal offense. The new data shows these behaviors go largely unnoticed by teens’ parents – with only 16 percent reporting their teens drive aggressively and 13 percent thinking their teens have retaliated when provoked – showing the need for a reality check among parents about their teens’ hazardous driving habits.
“Aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, following too closely or cutting off other drivers can be dangerous for all drivers but especially problematic for teen drivers given their relative inexperience,” said Dr. William Horrey, Ph. D., principal research scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. “The study revealed some significant gaps in what teens and parents think is safe versus teens’ actual behaviors reinforcing the critical need to refocus on the basics along with other safe driving habits before it’s too late.”
Getting Back to the Basics
With winter and holiday driving conditions in full swing, ignoring the basic rules of the road can be dangerous. In addition to aggressive driving styles, the new survey reveals teens are not only neglecting the driving basics, but are also failing to observe the law. For example, one in five (18 percent) teens admit to not wearing a seat belt. Also alarming, while the majority (89 percent) of teens may consider themselves “safe drivers,” 71 percent of these “safe drivers” admit to speeding.
However, this is news to parents. While the majority of teens may disclose their speeding habits, less than half (38 percent) of parents actually believe their teens speed. In addition, teens who have driven for one-plus years are more likely to speed (47 percent) than those who have had their license for less than six months (28 percent) – showing that more experience behind the wheel does not prevent reckless driving behaviors.
Of those same self-described “safe drivers,” two-thirds (67 percent) admit to transporting three or more teen passengers in the car, and only 26 percent of all teens perceive this to be distracting. According to NHTSA, the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in the car; and therefore it’s important for teens to understand the ramifications and dangers of driving with multiple passengers. Just as concerning, parents are also largely unaware of this behavior, with only 40 percent reporting that their teens drive with three or more passengers in the car.
“What may seem insignificant to teen drivers, like having friends in the car or driving a few miles over the speed limit, can have a major impact on their safety and endanger others on the road,” said Stephen Gray Wallace senior advisor for policy, research and education at SADD. “We challenge parents and teens alike to revisit the importance of following the basic safety rules of the road. Ignoring driving fundamentals is simply not worth the risk.”
Start Conversations to Keep Teens Safe
Parents and teens must recognize the dangerous implications of forgetting the basics of road safety – not just the use of technology and social media – to reduce these risks on the road. The report also showed that only 9 percent of teens have formal family driving rules. It’s essential for parents and teens to have open and honest conversations and set expectations around responsible driving. That’s why Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD encourage parents and teens to consider signing a Parent-Teen Driving Contract. The contract is both a conversation-starter about safety issues and a customized agreement that provides both parents and teens an easy roadmap to uphold family driving rules and encourage open communication leading to safer behavior behind the wheel. Whether teens are planning to get a permit or are already on the road, this guide demonstrates a commitment to safe and responsible driving. The signed agreement can help earn mutual trust to give better peace of mind. To download a contract, visit www.LibertyMutual.com/TeenDriving.
About the Study
Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD commissioned ORC International to conduct a qualitative and quantitative methodology to measure teen driving attitudes and behaviors. The study was initiated with a series of focus groups held in Chicago, Ill. and Washington, D.C. from October 28 – October 29, 2014, followed by a survey among 1,622 eleventh and twelfth graders from across the country. Overall the findings from the study can be interpreted at a 95 percent confidence interval with an error margin of +/- 2.23 percent. Error margins for subsets such as licensed drivers will be wider. Additionally, the study surveyed 1,000 parents of high school aged teenage drivers, providing an overall error margin of +/- 2.94 percent.
SADD, the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, SADD today has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. To become a Friend of SADD or for more information, visit sadd.org, parentteenmatters.org or follow SADD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
Liberty Mutual Insurance helps people preserve and protect what they earn, build, own and cherish. Keeping this promise means we are there when our policyholders throughout the world need us most.
In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today Liberty Mutual is a diversified insurer with operations in 30 countries and economies around the world. The company is the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual also is ranked 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2014 revenue. The company employs over 50,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
The fifth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual (libertymutual.com) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of more than 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.
Students Against Destructive Decisions or SADD has been around for more than 30 years.
Founded in 1981, SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions and they are the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization. SADD empowers young people with tools and resources needed to confront the risks and pressures they face every day including substance abuse, impaired and distracted driving, mental health issues and more. Through informed programming and a national peer-to-peer network, SADD is shaping young people into leaders and advocates for youth health and safety in their schools and communities. There are hundreds of thousands of active SADD students across all 50 states and millions of successful alumni.
Missouri is no exception! Over 60 chapters in Missouri are doing great things around the state! ACT Missouri is the SADD Affiliate State Coordinator. Contact us with any questions!
SADD Flyer – “At a Glance” information you need on SADD.
Register your chapter – While SADD National charges no dues or registration fees, they need current and updated information from all chapters every year in order to be effective. This valuable information allows SADD National and ACT Missouri to share important news and opportunities with you. It also gives us critical data about the SADD network that helps us draw attention to the issues we care about and support our requests for funding.
Find out more information and register for the SADD National Conference.
SADD is pleased to present Rock the Belt, a SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing seat belts in every vehicle, in every seat, every time.
Mississippi SADD, in conjunction with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety, created Rock the Belt. Shortly after, a NHTSA-funded evaluation concluded that Rock the Belt increased seat belt use among teens. Indiana and Illinois SADD adopted the program, and the SADD national office named it a core SADD national program in 2015.
YOU know you are doing great things in your school and community … YOU know you are working hard to support positive choices by your peers … YOU know your work makes a difference, changing lives one decision at a time … SADD Shines Week takes one week out of our busy year for schools and communities with SADD chapters all over the country, to CELEBRATE YOU and all that you do.
SADD Shines Day was created in 2013 as a means for SADD chapters to celebrate the positive impact that teens are making across the country. Since then, SADD Shines has evolved to a nationwide celebration of SADD and a platform to address student personal health and safety, SADD’s third core issue area that includes depression, anxiety, bullying, violence, and more.
SADD is pleased to present Is It Worth the Risk?, a SADD National core program that uses peerto-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the create visibility and awareness in your community. Through this campaign, you and your peers will learn about the real-life and legal consequences associated with underage drinking.
Stay informed with The SADDvocate and ParentTeen Matters, SADD’s newsletters!
Does your school have a Student’s Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter? Have they resubmitted their paperwork this year? Do you want to start a new SADD Chapter? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
There are all kinds of benefits to joining SADD, including participating in the annual “It Only Takes One” Campaign, attending Speak Hard (the annual Youth Prevention Conference), and helping your community stay substance-free. Many of they MYAA Youth Ambassadors are also active in their local SADD Chapter.
The meme, “October is my favorite color”, perfectly states how many perceive this fantastic month and kickoff to fall. It also marks the observance of many important topics in the world of behavioral health: National Substance Use Prevention Month, Red Ribbon Week, National Teen Driver Safety Week, SADD’s Rock the Belt Campaign, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Depression Screening Day, and the National DEA Drug Take Back Day on October 27.
Why would all these observances fall together? Is there a common denominator?
Everyone remembers the busy work assignments we had in grade school where you matched the word with the synonym or definition. Can you match these social/behavioral issues with the correct implication?
As you can tell, there is no answer key to this worksheet! It doesn’t really matter which came first, they are debilitating, life-altering, and sometimes the permanently damaging ancillary effects of substance use.
However, the real common denominator for all these societal afflictions is prevention; increasing protective factors while decreasing risk factors. Is your community taking a multi-thronged approach to improving its behavioral health and reducing substance use? Join us for the Prevention Conference to find out how!
Calling all Prevention Specialists, Registered Coalition Staff and Volunteers, Educators, Counselors, School Resource Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, Parents, SADD Sponsors, Faith-Based, Peer Support Specialists, Behavioral Health professionals, and anyone else who serves children and youth!
88.5% or respondents scored their experience at the conference as “Very Satisfied” or “Satisfied”
95.5% are “Very Likely” or “Likely” to attend the conference again.
We awarded over 882 contact hours to attendees for Prevention Workforce Development!
Last year, 36% of our attendees were coalition members! The rest included: Prevention Specialists, Counselors, Educators, Faith based, Law Enforcement Officers, Public Health Educators, Peer Support Specialists, SADD Members, and Behavioral Health professionals; to name a few.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to honor some amazing people and achievements from our field!
Who will be this year’s:
Coalition of the Year?
Milestone Achievement Coalition?
Champion of Change for Prevention?
Attend our Award Ceremony during lunch on Wednesday to celebrate some of Missouri’s prevention achievements
Get ready to be agents of change in your community! Help keep our youth alcohol and drug free by attending our Conference! Join us for three days of networking with others and learning from experts about substance use prevention, resiliency, coalition building techniques, social media and marketing, grass roots mobilizing and advocacy, the latest information and resources on behavioral Health, and much more!
Don’t take our word for it; read what some of last year’s conference attendees said!
Met lots of wonderful people and learned about new programs and ideas to build coalition.
I truly felt that this year every session I attended was valuable to my work, and even my personal life.
I was amazed at the level of knowledge speakers have about substance use prevention and how it applies across the continuum of working with youth and families in the school setting.
Registration for our conference is only $70.00!
Attendees can earn up to 16 Contact Hours; CHES hours pending! Our new online Contact Hour Application makes it easy to clock your hours and print your certificate at your convenience.
At the Speak Hard Youth Conference, ACT Missouri and the Division of Behavioral Health honored some of our state’s most active and vocal prevention leaders. Each of them received a plaque and a Senate or House Courtesy Resolution at the ceremony in the Capitol’s Rotunda.
Paige Anderson and Jennifer Hassler, from the Council for Drug Free Youth Coalition received the award for their exemplary involvement and service in prevention. Paige is a student at Calvary Lutheran High School where she serves as the school’s SADD Secretary and assisted with Safe and Sober, It Only Takes One, Red Ribbon Week, and Suicide Prevention week. She is a member of the Inklings Writing Club, Key Club, Future Teachers of America, LOGOS, GPSFLife, and FFA. She lettered in Drama Productions and received the Earth Science and Ag Science Award.
Jennifer is a student at Helias Catholic High School where she is an active member and President of 4-H, the varsity archery team, head sports photographer, wrestling cheerleader, and Editor in Chief of the school’s newspaper. She is a Kids for Wish Kids member and has granted the wish of a sick child by raising $5,000. She is often seen distributing food at the local mobile food pantry and serving meals at Trinity Lutheran church. Jennifer is also an active member of the group supporting Operation Bugle Boy and our veterans. Both students received a Senate Resolution from Senator Kehoe in his office.
Two of the winners are members of the Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition. Shelby Coleman, from Fox High School, is active in the Jefferson County Teen Advisory Board (TAB), Honor Integrity Inclusion and Pride (HIIP), DECA, and National Honor Society. She won the Mental Health Advocates’ Leadership Excellence Award at Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference. She aspires to be the best person she can be, chooses a drug-free lifestyle, and is an excellent student and role model.
Brittany Dake is active in the Jefferson County Teen Advisory Board, Windsor SADD, and Girl Scouts. She has attended Speak Hard, Teen Institute and was an intern at NCADA’s Prevention Leadership Conference. She is a CADCA certified trainer for Scholastic’s Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety Program. She volunteered with the Youth Cardboard Box Challenge other various work with her school, extra-curricular activities, and church. Both students were presented Senate Courtesy Resolutions from Senator Wieland in his office.
Winners from the Morgan County CLEAR Coalition were Anna Knoerle and Grace Unger. Anna began work with Morgan County CLEAR as an eighth grader and won their contest with her poster, “Keep on Jokin, Don’t Start Smokin”; which was used throughout the county to reduce tobacco use. She is actively involved with Tobacco Free Youth and attended their Youth Summit. She delivered prevention messages to peers during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week and Smoke-Free Indoor Air programs to middle school students, Head Start parents, and other community groups. She presented “Youth Led School/Community Health Change” at the Missouri School Consolidated Health Conference. She is a SADD Officer, member of the Chamber Choir, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA, an A+ tutor, and her school’s softball, basketball, and track teams.
Grace Unger is a member of Morgan County Tobacco Free Youth, Morgan County C.L.E.A.R, and the Taking Down Tobacco project. She serves as her school’s Basketball Manager, Softball Manager, and was honored with the Community Theater’s Student of the Month, and Tobacco Free Missouri’s Outstanding Youth Leadership Award with the group. She is a passionate advocate that works hard to get the message out about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke. She is an outstanding speaker and is not afraid to share her fact-cited thoughts on the subject. Her strong will and determination will certainly assist in making the community smoke-free.
The Morgan County Tobacco Free Youth Coalition also received the award for their extraneous efforts to pass clean indoor air policies. Morgan County Tobacco Free Youth have been working for four years to educate about the risks of tobacco use and secondhand smoke and enact policy changes by: collecting signatures of support, distributing information, creating PSAs and posters, presenting to city council and mayors, collecting tobacco trash to demonstrate the scope of the problem, and conducting surveys. Several members developed and presented a session at the Annual Coordinated School Health Conference entitled, “Youth Lead School/Community Health Change”.
Representative David Wood attended the ceremony and provided House Courtesy Resolutions to Stover and Versailles High Schools for their smoke-free advocacy.
Five members of the Youth with Vision Coalition in North Kansas City were recipients of this prestigious award. Several received Courtesy Senate Resolutions from Senator Denny Hoskins, and Representative McGaugh presented her constituents with an official Missouri State Flag that had been flown over our Capitol.
Caitlyn Bohanan is the founder of her school’s Hornet Pride; a mentor/trading card program that connects high school students with middle elementary students to talk with them about good choices and staying drug free. She advocated with area Senators and Representatives about the effects and dangers of tobacco, prescription drugs, and the legalization of marijuana. She volunteered her time to perform retailer compliance checks and produced public service announcements. She is a volunteer coach for the Northland Chiefs Cheerleading Association, Synergy Domestic Violence Center, Gladstone Theater in the Park, and academic tutor for middle school and elementary students. She received the first youth “Leadership in Prevention” award at the annual Northland Prevention Conference and was selected for Fox 4’s “Reaching for Excellence” Young Achievers Feature. Representative Noel Shull provided House Courtesy Resolution in her honor.
Adones Eskew is also involved with Lawson’s Coalition in Action (CIA) and is passionate and dedicated to his school and community’s prevention efforts. He volunteered to attend the Northland Leadership Conference, Prevention Day, and the Northland Prevention Conference. Lawson’s CIA campaign, “How Full is Your Cup?” was a tremendous success and shared at the Northland Prevention Conference for other schools and organizations to learn from. He also has earned varsity letters for athletics and academic awards.
Piper Killingsworth is also an active member of Lawson’s Coalition in Action (CIA) and has been involved in her school and community’s prevention efforts. She volunteered to attend the Northland Leadership Conference, Prevention Day, and the Northland Prevention Conference. She participates in student leadership, countless clubs and school activities, and is the recipient of numerous academic and leadership awards; including college scholarships.
Jace Robinson has been a committed member and leader of Youth with Vision (YWV) for the past four years; currently serving as its Education Chair. He has also been a vocal advocate at the annual Prevention Day and other local events, speaking with state legislators on issues that impact youth. He has also worked on a variety of educational campaigns and PSAs, spreading the prevention message in the three-county area. He assists with YWV’s two annual fundraisers: Mud Mania and Bunco Mania. He is on the Varsity Soccer and Track teams and plays on a competitive club soccer team. His involvement in church includes serving as a Vacation Bible School helper, and he participated in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Leadership in Practice Program.
Matthew Shafer joined YWV more than a year ago and attends monthly meetings and events. He attended Prevention Day at the Capitol and was a lead speaker; sharing our legislative priorities with our Representatives and Senators. He also volunteered his time and worked with his school to obtain permission to attend the Northland Prevention Conference in March 2018. Matthew is very active in his church and spends endless hours in volunteer and community service. He successfully completed and is certified as a paramedic and EMT as a senior in high school.