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SADD PROGRAMS

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SADD National Programs

SADD supports of a variety of national programs to empower, engage, and mobilize youth for change.  These national programs are accessible via the SADD Portal for registered chapters only.  For assistance in accessing these materials as a registered chapter, please contact the State Coordinator.

Rock the Belt

  • Rock the Belt LogoRock 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, in every seat, every time. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 17-23, 2021.
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide available to SADD chapters:
      • Quick-Click Challenge, a fast-paced team competition to see who can click it in the least amount of time
      • Seat Belt Survey, an assessment that measures seat belt use
      • Chalk the Walk, seat belt reminders crafted in sidewalk chalk
      • Seat Belt “Fasten” Show, a fashion show highlighting fun duct tape seat belts
      • Living Seat belt, a human chain around city hall to spread awareness and capture media attention

SADD Shines

  • SADD Shines LogoSADD Shines Week is a SADD national core program designed to guide teens, parents, and communities to celebrate SADD chapters and all they do and highlight the important rising issue of mental health awareness. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities during the first week of February.
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide available to SADD chapters:
    • SADD Shines Day, a day to celebrate SADD
    • Reality Check, an elementary school mentoring program that focuses on body image and self-esteem
    • Join the SADD Twibbon or Thunderclap campaigns
    • Supporter Awards
    • Organize a Walk or a Health Fair to bring professionals, organizations, and the community together to educate on mental health and wellness topics
    • Sample PSAs, templates designed for SADD chapters to record for local radio media outlets

Is it Worth the Risk

  • Is it Worth The Risk? LogoA SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the real-life consequences of underage drinking. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities in the month of April 2019 during Alcohol Awareness Month.
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide available to SADD chapters:
    • Is It Worth the Risk, a skit and community panel aimed to engage parents and community members
    • Safe Prom and Grad Letters to prom-related service providers asking them to keep teens safe
    • Prom Pledge
    • Chain of Life
    • Advocacy Activity: Social Hosting

Textless Live More

  • Text Less Live More LogoTextless Live More is a student-led, peer-to-peer, national awareness campaign with a mission to end distracted driving and promote digital wellness.
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’s available to SADD chapters:
    • End Distracted Driving – TextLess Live More empowers young people nationwide to change their behaviors behind the wheel. One text, one moment of distraction, one glance down, can mean disaster. By simply putting the phone down while driving and encouraging others to do the same, you can prevent tragic crashes and save lives.
    • Promote Digital Wellness – This culture of online connectedness contributes to what we call distracted living, where our dependence on communication technology affects our focus and overall well being. We believe that by examining individual digital habits and understanding digital dependence, we can change our culture of distracted living, prevent distraction behind the wheel, and promote health and wellness.
    • Peer-to-Peer Education – Also called peer learning, a peer-to-peer education model is one in which students learn from each other, leading to a mutual understanding of the material and of one another. This style, employed in universities and schools across the world, central to our mission and history. We believe that young people have the power to educate and influence one another for good.

GetLiving

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  • GetLiving is designed to battle distractive and destructive habits caused by cell cell phones. Each month is themed to combat a different habit and improve digital wellness.  Activities for each month are designed by the Textless Live More Engagement Board comprised of youth leaders.  For more information on the program, click here.
Rock the Belt Logo

Rock the Belt

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, in every seat, every time. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week,
October 17-23, 2021.

Activity Guide Info

• Quick-Click Challenge, a fast-paced team competition to see who can click it in the least amount of time
• Seat Belt Survey, an assessment that measures seat belt use
• Chalk the Walk, seat belt reminders crafted in sidewalk chalk
• Seat Belt "Fasten" Show, a fashion show highlighting fun duct tape seat belts
• Living Seat belt, a human chain around city hall to spread awareness and capture media attention

SADD Shines Logo

SADD Shines

SADD Shines Week is a SADD national core program designed to guide teens, parents, and communities to celebrate SADD chapters and all they do and highlight the important rising issue of mental health awareness. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities during the first week of February.

Activity Guide Info

• SADD Shines Day, a day to celebrate SADD
• Reality Check, an elementary school mentoring program that focuses on body image and self-esteem
• Join the SADD Twibbon or Thunderclap campaigns
• Supporter Awards
• Organize a Walk or a Health Fair to bring professionals, organizations, and the community together to educate on mental health and wellness topics
• Sample PSAs, templates designed for SADD chapters to record for local radio media outlets

Is it Worth The Risk? Logo

Is it Worth the Risk?

A SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the real-life consequences of underage drinking. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities in the month of April during Alcohol Awareness Month.

Activity Guide Info

• Is It Worth the Risk, a skit and community panel aimed to engage parents and community members
• Safe Prom and Grad Letters to prom-related service providers asking them to keep teens safe
• Prom Pledge
• Chain of Life
• Advocacy Activity: Social Hosting

Text Less Live More Logo

Textless Live More

Textless Live More is a student-led, peer-to-peer, national awareness campaign with a mission to end distracted driving and promote digital wellness.

Activity Guide Info

• End Distracted Driving - TextLess Live More empowers young people nationwide to change their behaviors behind the wheel. One text, one moment of distraction, one glance down, can mean disaster. By simply putting the phone down while driving and encouraging others to do the same, you can prevent tragic crashes and save lives.
• Promote Digital Wellness - This culture of online connectedness contributes to what we call distracted living, where our dependence on communication technology affects our focus and overall well being. We believe that by examining individual digital habits and understanding digital dependence, we can change our culture of distracted living, prevent distraction behind the wheel, and promote health and wellness.
• Peer-to-Peer Education - Also called peer learning, a peer-to-peer education model is one in which students learn from each other, leading to a mutual understanding of the material and of one another. This style, employed in universities and schools across the world, central to our mission and history. We believe that young people have the power to educate and influence one another for good.

Get Living Logo

GetLiving

GetLiving is designed to battle distractive and destructive habits caused by cell cell phones. Each month is themed to combat a different habit and improve digital wellness. Activities for each month are designed by the Textless Live More Engagement Board comprised of youth leaders. For more information on the program, click here.

SADD Missouri Programs & Supported Initiatives

Missouri SADD supports local and state initiatives that promote youth safety.  Additionally, Missouri SADD develops their own programming that encourages chapter participation and engagement.

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Car Crash Docu-Drama

  • • Join ACT Missouri for the car crash docudrama that was filmed in early 2021. You will go on a journey with teens, that make poor decisions, and witness the consequences play out in real time. We encourage parents to watch with teens and engage in discussion. After the showing, Think First discusses impaired driving and how it can change lives forever.
  • Car Crash Docu-drama Video
  • Recording of Debut and Conversation with ThinkFirst

• Accompanying Lesson Plans & PowerPoint

SADD in 60

  • SADD in 60 is a series of web- and social media-based videos that help support the growth and development of teenagers. Through competency and skill building, mental health awareness, substance abuse prevention, traffic safety, and digital wellness, SADD in 60 aims to deliver relevant content direct to youth audiences in easily digestible, 60-second videos.
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Buckle Up Phone Down

  • by the Missouri Department of Transportation
  • • Do your part to make Missouri’s roads safer! The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Turn it off if you have to. Every trip, every time! Accept the challenge and challenge a friend, relative or members of your community to buckle their seat belts and put their phones down while driving.

Awards & Recognition

SADD-opoly & Program Implementation Communities

SADD-opoly is a year-long program that promotes a strong, healthy SADD chapters, all based on the hit board game Monopoly.  Chapters progress through the game-board over the course of the year, earning “dollars” for each space the complete.

All activities are based around building your chapter’s capacity to succeed (see Activity Categories).  Additionally, participating chapters will serve as SADD program implementation communities (PICs) and fully implement SADD programming.

SADD-opoly runs from 9/1/21 – 5/15/22, with each activity having a completion date.  Completion may require additional documentation delivered to Missouri SADD. 

The chapters earning the most “dollars” each quarter, semester, and year will be recognized for their contributions and participation.

Awards of Distinction

The SADD Distinction Awards are a series of awards that recognizing the outstanding leadership, devotion, and impact in the Missouri SADD chapter.

Recognition

All recognition of SADD Distinction Awards will be held at the Missouri Speak Hard Youth Rally.  Those wishing to nominate a Members, Advisor, or Supporter of the year must complete their applications by March 1.  Those chapters wishing to apply for the Chapter Award of Distinction must complete an application with verification by March 15.

Plaques are awarded to all Member, Advisor, and Support Awards of Distinction recipients.

A banner is awarded to all Chapter Award of Distinction recipients that indicates the year and level achieved for display in the school.

Member Award of Distinction

The Member Award of Distinction recognizes SADD chapter members who have gone above and beyond in the chapters.  Each year, Missouri SADD may select up to four (4) SADD members for this distinction from a pool of nominated applicants.  Applicants must be nominated by their chapter via a member of chapter advisor and meet the following requirements.
  • • At least two (2) years of involvement with SADD
  • • Participant in at least one (1) SADD National Program
  • • Letter of recommendation from the nominator outlining member contributions
  • • Letter of recommendation from school administration outlining member contributions

Advisor Award of Distinction

The Advisor Award of Distinction recognizes a SADD chapter advisor who’s leadership has grown their chapter either in membership, school participation, and community involvement.  Additional emphasis is placed on their direct impact on SADD chapter members.  Each year, Missouri SADD may select up to two (2) SADD chapter advisors for this distinction from a pool of nominated applicants.  Applicants must be nominated by their chapter via a member or by school administration and meet the following requirements.

  • • At least two (2) years of involvement with SADD
  • • Letter of recommendation from the nominator outlining advisor contributions
  • • Documentation of direct impact on SADD chapter members, such as testimonials or participation numbers

Supporter Award of Distinction

The Supporter Award of Distinction recognizes members of the community who participate, support, and encourage participation in SADD chapter activities.  Each year, Missouri SADD may select up to two (2) supporters for this distinction from a pool of nominated applicants.  Applicants must be nominated by a SADD chapter member or advisor and meet the following requirements.

  • • Involved in an event or program that includes a SADD state or national sponsored program
  • • Letter of recommendation from the nominator outlining supporter contributions
  • •Documentation of direct impact on the SADD chapter, such as a list of in-kind donations, speaking engagements, chapter involvement or guidance, financial support, or sponsorship

Chapter Award of Distinction

The Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes chapters that go above and beyond in their SADD involvement.  This Award requires chapters to participate in a variety of SADD programs and projects, at both the state and national level, and meet minimum standards for chapter operations at set forth by SADD Missouri. 

In order to be eligible for the Chapter Award of Distinction, a SADD chapter must complete an application form.  In addition, the completion of SADD state and national programs, and any other chapter activities, must be logged in SADD Missouri’s Project Reporting Form.

The Chapter Award of Distinction is split into three levels.

 

Bronze Chapter Award of Distinction
  • • Chapter Minimum Standards
  • • Has an elected or appointed officer team
    • • Meets at least two (2) times a semester
    • • At least five (5) members entered into the SADD Portal by December 1
  • •SADD Involvement
    • • Completes at least one (1) of the three (3) following SADD National Programs – SADD Shines, Rock the Belt, and Is it Worth the Risk
    • • Conduct at least one (1) traffic safety activity
Silver Chapter Award of Distinction
  • Chapter Minimum Standards
  • • Has an elected or appointed officer team
    • • Meets at least four (4) times a semester
    • • At least ten (10) members entered into the SADD Portal by December 1
    • • At least one (1) article highlighting the chapter published in a school or community newspaper, blog, or similar publication
    • SADD Involvement
    • • Completes at least two (2) of the three (3) following SADD National Programs – SADD Shines, Rock the Belt, and Is it Worth the Risk•SADD Involvement
      • • Attend one (1) Textless Live More event or utilize Textless Live More programming in your school
    • • Conduct at least one (1) traffic safety activity
Gold Chapter Award of Distinction
  • Chapter Minimum Standards
  • • Has an elected or appointed officer team
    • • Meets at least monthly each semester
    • • At least fifteen (15) members entered into the SADD Portal by December 1
    • • At least two (2) articles highlighting the chapter published in a school or community newspaper, blog, or similar publication
    • • Has written support for SADD activities from the local mayor or governmental body, local or county law enforcement, state or national representative or senator, or local prevention coalition
    • SADD Involvement
    • • Completes all three (3) of the following SADD National Programs – SADD Shines, Rock the Belt, and Is it Worth the Risk•SADD Involvement
      • • Attend one (1) Textless Live More event or utilize Textless Live More programming in your school
    • • Conduct at least two (2) traffic safety activities
    • • Choose one of the following
    • • Attend the Speak Hard Youth Rally
    • • Host a youth safety event for elementary or middle school students