The Nation's Premier Youth Health & Safety Organization
The Nation's Premier Youth Health & Safety Organization


How to Start a SADD Chapter

Is your school or non-profit community organization ready to start a SADD chapter? Get started today, it’s simple!

To start a SADD chapter:

  1. First, ask about the process at your school to start a school club/activity. SADD chapters function as school clubs/activities. Some schools have a formal approval process for starting a new club, which can vary from school to school, so first find out what’s required.
  2. Find an Advisor. Schools require a faculty or staff member to serve as the sponsor of a school club. This will be your SADD Advisor and can be teachers, counselors, coaches, secretaries, or any staff member.
  3. Register your chapterAll SADD chapters must register each year. Registration is easy and takes just a few minutes online. You will receive a confirmation email with everything you need to get started.
  4. Chapter Name. Use SADD in the chapter name, after your school or organization name.  Example: “Nashoba Valley High SADD” or “North YMCA SADD” are acceptable.
Learn more about what a SADD chapter does!

Be sure to read the vision, mission, and values of SADD, along with our policies.

Registration is now open in our NEW SADD PORTAL! Please click here to register your chapter. We have also launched a new membership program, so ALL CHAPTERS should register as a FIRST TIME CHAPTER when visiting the portal for the first time.

Upon completion of your chapter registration in the SADD Portal, you will receive an approval email with your login information. The Portal will be your one source for ALL of our SADD resources, including your chapter power packet, certificate, communications calendar, program toolkits – and a whole lot more. Thank you for being part of SADD Nation!

SADD’s strength lies in numbers. To demonstrate our impact as SADD Nation, all chapters will conduct campaigns and activities at the same time of year.
The SADD national office with the help of its many partners around the country have developed a collection of THREE programs that target SADD’s three core issue areas. (Traffic Safety, Substance Abuse, and Personal Health & Safety).

  • OctoberRock the Belt, in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week
  • FebruarySADD Shines Week, held to celebrate SADD students and all you do and promote personal health and safety
  • April –  It Worth The Risk?, in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month

All SADD  programs are comprised of an activity guide, packed with relevant activity ideas and media templates. The activity guides are available for download in the SADD Portal and aim to target three core constituencies: schools, parents, and communities.