2016 marks the 35th Anniversary for SADD, the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization. SADD was founded on the idea that young people, when empowered, can work with their peers, parents, schools, and communities to combat the destructive pressures they face. Today, SADD teens have identified three priority areas that they say represent the greatest threats to their health and safety- traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety.
While SADD and our partners have much to celebrate, there is still much work to be done! Thousands of teens continue to lose their lives each year to causes that are completely preventable. Our birthday wish is simple-bring together the leaders in youth health and safety to evaluate where we are in our priority areas, what promising practices are working, and where do we go next.
June 2016, Pittsburgh, PA – Teen Personal Health & Safety: Mental Health
The third and final symposium was conducted during the SADD National Conference on Youth Health & Safety in Pittsburgh, PA. Experts from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH and students discussed the biology of mental illness, the difference between mental health and mental illness, students gave insight into their own dealings with anxiety, self-harm and other issues and how to help reduce the stigma surrounding this medical condition in their schools and community.
April 2016, Washington, DC – Teen Substance Abuse: Emerging Trends, Best Practices
sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The second installment, Teen Substance Abuse: Emerging Trends, Best Practices, will assemble leading experts to discuss the current landscape of teen use of alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful substances. Listen to SADD students talk about best practices and promising practices that you can use in your school to empower teens, engage parents, and mobilize your community!
December2015, Washington, DC – Teen Traffic Safety: Redefining Impaired Driving
The first installment, Teen Traffic Safety: Redefining Impaired Driving, assembled leading experts in youth traffic safety to discuss the evolving landscape of impaired driving as part of Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The conversation that was once confined to “don’t drink and drive” has grown in complexity, now encompassing both drugged and drowsy driving. This symposium highlighted the latest research and best practices for teens, parents, and communities; as together, we combat impaired driving.