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

2018 Conference Call for Workshops


2018 SADD National Conference

June 24 – 27, 2018

Sheraton Hotel Tysons Corner

The SADD National Conference Workshop Committee is now accepting innovative workshop proposals for the 2018 SADD National Conference: Be the Change. Our conference opens on Sunday, June 24, and concludes on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. It will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Tysons Corner hotel in Virginia. One-hour workshop sessions will run on Sunday, June 24 and Monday, Monday, June 25. Submit your proposal today!

If you have any expertise in youth leadership, chapter development, or extensive knowledge in the areas of alcohol and other drug use, safe driving issues, teen violence, body image, suicide, or one of the many other issues facing young people today, please submit a proposal for consideration. Youth, adults, SADD chapters, and organizations are all encouraged to apply! Read on for additional information and the proposal form.

Workshop Format & Expectations

Each workshop will be one hour in length – you should plan for 45-50 minutes of content followed by some time for questions. Conference participants are current middle school or high school students and adult advisors or chaperones, and may choose to attend any workshop during a given time period – no workshops are assigned to attendees. As a result, it is impossible for us to predict attendance for any one particular workshop.

We expect that all workshops will accomplish the following:

  • Present a program, activity, or information that is relevant to one of the topic areas listed below and aligned with SADD’s mission.
  • Engage participants in a dynamic, interactive learning process – presenting before students requires more than a dry lecture.
  • Provide participants with concrete tools and advice they can bring back to their own schools and communities to strengthen their efforts to make a difference.

Workshop Topic Areas

SADD is a peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and advocacy organization whose mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. With your help, we hope to offer conference participants the opportunity to explore a wide range of relevant topics including, but not limited to, the following.

  • Leadership development
  • Chapter/group development
  • Underage drinking prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Traffic/highway safety
  • Risky and impaired driving
  • Advocacy
  • Peer education
  • Suicide prevention
  • Violence prevention
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Fundraising strategies
  • Innovative chapter programming
  • Advisor development


Conference Attendance

Unfortunately, due to our limited budget, we are unable to pay travel costs or to compensate workshop presenters. Presenters are welcome to join conference attendees for a complimentary buffet lunch the day of your presentation, but if you wish to attend the full conference, you must register and pay for a full conference package. To register for a conference package or for more information, click here.

If you are unable to attend the full conference but plan to spend the night before or after your workshop with us at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, we strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations through our website ASAP. Overnight accommodations are available for $206 per including tax. Upon proposal acceptance, we will provide all presenters with information pertaining to overnight accommodations and how to go about making your reservations.

A/V Equipment

More information regarding A/V equipment will be sent after proposal acceptance. However, we can tell you that we expect to provide the following in all workshop rooms: an easel with flip chart paper and markers; an LCD projector and screen (will be set up in room on a table with power running to it); and computer speakers for sound if playing a video through the projector. Information about other equipment and internet access availability will be sent following proposal acceptance. Please indicate on your proposal your expected needs.

Room Set Up
Most rooms will be set up theater-style, with rows of chairs facing the speaker. A few rooms will be set up in rounds – round tables with 10 chairs at each. Please indicate your preference on the proposal form.

Workshop Title and Description
We suggest you come up with a dynamic name and description for your workshop as this will attract attendees. For example, instead of a workshop simply titled “Icebreakers” you might instead opt for “Icebreakers 101: Making Your Meetings Rock!” If we approve your workshop but think your title or description is bland or unclear, we may suggest alternatives. You will have approval power over any changes.

Proposal Selection Process

Although we will be unable to select all of the proposals that are submitted, we are committed to having the most well rounded selection of workshops for the conference. Workshop proposal forms are due no later than Monday, March 29, 2018, and will be reviewed by a committee of SADD students and adults. Decision notifications will be provided by email by April 6, 2018.

The Call for Workshops proposal form can be found below, please complete all required fields and click Submit. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Julie Kettner.

Proposal submission deadline: Monday, March 29, 2018

(Decision Notification: Expected April 6, 2018)

Please contact Elizabeth Vermette.

Call for Workshops Proposal Form

2018 National Conference Call for Workshops


  • Additional Presenters

    Please list any additional presenters that will be leading your workshop.

  • (select all that apply)
  • (most rooms will be set up theater-style)
  • More information on A/V will be sent to you after proposal acceptance. All rooms will have easels with flip chart paper, markers, LCD projector, table for projectors with power running to it, and computer speakers. Please indicate your A/V needs below.
  • Please list all topic areas that will be addressed in your workshop below.
  • Please indicate ALL sessions that you are available to present your workshop. Presenters will NOT be scheduled for more than one session unless you indicate your interest below and there is time available and the Committee chooses to run it twice.
  • Your proposal will be evaluated primarily on this description. Be sure to include the following details: 1) Key points and learning objectives – what do you hope to teach attendees? 2) Description of concrete information that participants will be able to bring back to their own schools and communities – what will attendees take away? 3) Interactive design – how will you engage students in the workshop? 4) Previous experience presenting this workshop.
  • Please provide a creative description of your workshop for inclusion in the conference program booklet, which all participants will receive. Please limit the description to 100 characters. Thank you!