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!
How to start a SADD Chapter
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.
SADD Resources and Programs
Find out more information and register for the SADD National Conference.
SADD Rock the Belt
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.
Is It Worth The Risk?
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!