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


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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Participate in quarterly webinar-based leadership trainings, hosted by SADD National staff. 
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Within availability, represent SADD National at conferences, meetings and public events.
  2. 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.

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.

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 evermette@sadd.org.

College Advisory Council Application

  • Personal Information

  • (answers to this question will have no bearing on your selection.)
  • SADD Chapter Information

  • Title (Teacher, Nurse, etc.)
  • Parent/Guardian Information

  • Social Media Information

    Social Media will play a key role in the Student Leadership Council. All delegates are required to have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as a condition of participating on the board. All delegates are also required to accept friend requests/follows from SADD National staff members. Parents with concerns can contact Rick Birt at rbirt@sadd.org to discuss further.
  • (on your own page, copy the link at top – for example, facebook.com/john.doe)
  • List your activities and accomplishments to support your application, including, as appropriate, dates of service or award. If you have a typewritten resumé with comparable information that adequately highlights or explains your qualifications for the SLC, you may submit it in place of this form. Please submit no more than two pages and be sure to include information on the following with specific dates: SADD Activities, School Activities, Community Service, Volunteer Work, Special Awards and Recognitions/Honors.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Questionnaire

  • Video Submission

    All applicants will also be judged on their public speaking ability and public presentation as demonstrated in a video recording, which must be submitted with the completed application. Public speaking is an important skill for CAC members. Often, the CAC will be called upon to represent SADD in the media, at special events, and with our partners. The recording should include one short presentation (no longer than three to five minutes) with the following content: In a formal interview format, discuss SADD’s three core issue areas (traffic safety, substance abuse and personal health & safety) and the importance of peer-to-peer strategies making positive change. NOTE: As an alternative to the staged presentation described above, applicants may submit footage of an actual event that matches the criteria for length, content and format listed. If an actual presentation is used, the applicant should be the primary speaker and technical standards of the video should provide ample opportunity for judges to review the quality of the applicant’s presentation. VIDEO RECORDING TIPS • Make sure you shoot your video in a brightly-lit area, adding extra light as necessary. • Make sure whatever device you are using to shoot video (camera, computer, etc.) is steady. Shakey images can distract from your performance. Please be sure the image and sound are clear. • Allow 3-5 seconds of transition time at the start and end of your video where you are standing quietly, to ensure that your performance isn't accidentally cut off. SUBMISSION FORMATS All videos must be submitted via YouTube. Upload your video to YouTube, set the privacy settings to “unlisted” and send the link along with your application. Contact Rick Birt (rbirt@sadd.org) with questions.
  • Contract for Life

    This contract is designed to facilitate communication between young people and their parents about potentially destructive decisions related to alcohol, drugs, peer pressure and behavior. The issues facing young people today are often too difficult to address alone. SADD believes effective parent-child communication is critically important in helping young adults make healthy decisions.
  • I recognize that there are many potentially destructive decisions I face every day and commit to you that I will do everything in my power to avoid making decisions that will jeopardize my health, safety and overall well-being or your trust in me. I understand the dangers associated with the use of alcohol and drugs and the destructive behaviors often associated with impairment. By signing below, I pledge my best effort to remain alcohol- and drug-free; I agree that I will never drive under the influence of either or accept a ride from someone who is impaired; and I pledge to always wear a seat belt. Finally, I agree to call you if I am ever in a situation that compromises my integrity as an SLC member and threatens my safety. I also agree to communicate with you regularly about issues of importance to us both.
  • This will qualify as your signature
  • I am committed to you and to your health and safety. By signing below, I pledge to do everything in my power to understand and communicate with you about the difficult and potentially destructive decisions you face. Further, I agree to provide you safe, sober transportation home if you are ever in a situation that threatens your safety and to defer discussion about that situation until a time when we can both discuss the issues in a calm and caring manner. I also pledge to you that I will not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs; I will always seek safe, sober transportation home; and I will always wear a seat belt.
  • This will qualify as your signature
  • Verification Form

    Note: Checking yes or no below serves in the same capacity as your personal signature; please answer honestly. This, of course, requires the applicant to collaborate candidly with his/her parent or guardian and his/her SADD chapter advisor. If the application is found to be falsely signed, the nominee will be disqualified. Checking “yes” certifies the accuracy and completeness of the information provided and serves as your signature.
  • I have read the enclosed description of the CAC Roles and Responsibilities and I am prepared to accept the responsibilities.
  • I certify that I have provided complete and accurate statements on this application. I understand that all documents submitted in support of this application become the property of SADD, Inc. I understand the requirements of the College Advisory Council and I am confident of my ability to serve productively, if selected.
  • I have read the materials included in the College Advisory Council application. I understand the commitments and requirements involved and I will support the applicant in fulfilling the responsibilities to the best of his/her ability. I verify that the information of which I have personal knowledge is complete and accurate.
  • I have read the materials included in the College Advisory Council application. I understand the commitments and requirements involved, and I am confident that the applicant will fulfill the responsibilities to the best of his/her ability. I verify that the information of which I have personal knowledge is complete and accurate.
  • 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, contact Elizabeth Vermette, evermette@sadd.org)
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.