College Advisory Council
In the fall of 2016, SADD announced its desire to expand the reach of the organization into the college and university space. This decision was based upon feedback received from graduating SADD students who expressed wanting to have a SADD presence in the next chapter of their life. SADD has a history of being youth-led and youth driven. Expanding into the college arena must be guided by college students who can provide strategic insight into the most effective way for SADD to empower college students, engage the parents of students in college and mobilize the communities in which colleges are found. To accomplish this, SADD is creating the College Advisory Council (CAC)
The College Advisory Council is a nationally-focused, forum comprised of college students that will work to further the SADD mission. Through participation in the CAC, selected students grow and strengthen their leadership skills and gain significant travel, training, leadership and public speaking opportunities. Members of the CAC are driven individuals dedicated to peer programming and youth health and safety. They have accomplished many things within their schools and communities to further SADD’s mission. The CAC will be chaired by the Student of the Year Emeritus.
College Advisory Council Members:
- Complete individual projects that advance the strategic vision of the organization
- Speak publicly on issues central to SADD’s mission to the media, partners and at events and other functions
- Provide the national organization with youth insight and perspective on strategic planning, programming, the national conference and other aspects of SADD operations
- Serve as a role model for SADD students nationwide, setting a positive example of positive and responsible teen attitudes and behavior
- Work to expand the opportunities and connections available for SADD alumni
Roles and Responsibilities
- With support from SADD staff – create, review and implement strategic planning as it pertains to SADD’s desire to expand into the college space.
This includes conducting focus groups, meeting with stakeholders and partners, and the creation of a plan to equip SADD students and the network for a college presence.
- Attend two SADD National Conferences and participate actively as required. Specific responsibilities are assigned to both incoming and outgoing CAC and may include introducing speakers, performing small skits and/or role-plays, leading conference workshops and more.
- Participate in two additional face-to-face meetings in the course of the year (October and February). The SADD National office will cover all meeting expenses. Members will be expected to miss up to three days of class for each meeting.
- Join in regular group conference calls or Google Hangouts to discuss works in progress, current events, SADD policies and proposed campaigns and activities. It is critical that CAC members attend these extremely valuable calls.
- Raise funds on behalf of the SADD National Office. Each year, the SADD National office invests thousands of dollars into the College Advisory Council. The CAC will be expected to raise $1,000 per member with support from the SADD National Staff.
- Participate in quarterly webinar-based leadership trainings, hosted by SADD National staff.
- Develop and disseminate a teen driver safety contest in conjunction with SADD’s partners at The National Road Safety Foundation. This annual contest will be developed primarily at the fall meeting in New York City. The program will be launched in the following school year.
- Contribute a short written column to the monthly SADDvocate, as scheduled by the SADD National Staff. Length and content will be discussed at a later date.
- Within availability, represent SADD National at conferences, meetings and public events.
- Speak with members of the press or public on questions related to SADD’s mission as requested and approved by SADD National.
How to Apply
SADD National is accepting applications for the first College Advisory Board for the 2018-19 term. Descriptions of the responsibilities of the Council are included in this packet of materials. The CAC will consist of 8-12 students; membership is highly competitive. Each student must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. All students must submit a video as part of their application, as described below.
- Applicants for both the council must be enrolled or planned to be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Applicants must be students in good academic standing (no lower than a C average overall) and agree to maintain that good standing throughout their term of office.
- Applicants must currently be active SADD members in a registered SADD chapter.
- Applicants must be willing to travel on their own by any means including planes, trains, buses, and cars.
- Applicants must be prepared to meet all the obligations detailed in the SADD College Advisory Council Roles and Responsibilities.
- Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Contact. (NOTE: If the applicant’s home state does not have a state coordinator, then this requirement is waived. To learn if your state currently has a coordinator or contact, click here.)
States with a State Coordinator or State Contact:
- The State Coordinator/Contact may nominate any number of students, but to be considered for the CAC, students must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Affiliate
States without a State Coordinator or State Contact:
- Individual SADD chapters may nominate one student per chapter.
- Each student nominee must have a letter of recommendation from the chapter advisors.
- Note: States/chapters may nominate an applicant for the SLC AND CAC.
Other important considerations:
- Only one person per state will be selected to serve.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Applicants for the CAC must meet the following requirements:
- Submit a completed application by Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. The application is below.
- Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an accredited university for the upcoming academic school year, as well as be in good academic standing of their current school.
- Be a positive role model of the “No Use” lifestyle, including alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
- Demonstrate personal commitment to SADD’s mission.
- Be proficient and willing to use social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter
- Be willing and able to speak publicly about SADD.
- Exhibit(ed) leadership qualities within your SADD chapter.
- Be able to work collaboratively with all types of people.
PROCESS OF REVIEW AND SELECTION
All completed applications for the College Advisory Council will be forwarded to a panel of leaders in youth substance abuse prevention, highway safety, youth leadership and other related fields. The panel will review the CAC portion of the applications and rate them per the above criteria.
Twenty-minute phone interviews will be conducted with each CAC applicant, facilitated by SADD’s SLC advisor and other designated staff members. Applications will then be reviewed at SADD National by a finalist review panel consisting of the current SADD National Student of the Year, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or her designee, and the CEO or his/her designee.
Please use the checklist included with these application materials to ensure that all the components are filed. SADD National must receive completed applications on or before Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.
SADD National reserves the right to strictly enforce all deadlines.
For additional information, you may call the SADD National office at (508) 481-3568. For inquiries specifically relating to the SLC/SOY application process, contact Elizabeth Vermette, Senior Director of Programs, at by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Advisory Council Application