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SADD Student of the Year

The SADD National Student of the Year (SOY) is chosen to represent SADD and its students on the national level. This individual is a positive role model of the “No Use” lifestyle and the SADD philosophy of friends caring for friends. Beginning with the national conference in June, the Student of the Year serves as the national student spokesperson for SADD and travels to events to spread the SADD message, represent the youth voice and raise the profile of the organization.

As with all members of the Student Leadership Council (SLC),  the student selected for Student of the Year is an accomplished individual who has demonstrated their commitment by reaching out to peers, friends and younger students through SADD and other peer support and education programs.

They explemify the SADD model of empowerment and caregiving through involvement in community service, especially in projects relating to substance abuse prevention, highway safety, and other issues that affect youth.

The Student of the Year:

  • Serves on the SADD National Board of Directors
  • Chairs the Student Leadership Council and sets the directon of the Council during the year
  • Will be called upon to represent SADD at many national events and asked to travel frequently on behalf of the organization
  • Completes a paid internship at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. following their term
  • Receives a $1,000 scholarship

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Attend two SADD National Conferences and actively participate as required. Specific responsibilities are assigned to both the incoming and outgoing SLC and may include introducing speakers, performing small skits and/or role-plays, rallying conference participants and presenting workshops.
  1. Assist the SADD National Conference Committee in planning and implementing the national conference at the expiration of their term.
  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. Students will be expected to miss up to three days of school for each meeting.
  1. Participate in monthly group conference calls to discuss works in progress, current events, SADD policies, and proposed campaigns and activities. It is critical that SLC members attend these extremely valuable calls.
  1. Raise funds on behalf of the SADD National Office. Each year, the SADD National office invests $55,000 to launch and support the Student Leadership Council. The Student Leadership Council 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 column to the monthly SADDvocate, as scheduled by the SADD National Staff. Length and content will be discussed at a later date.
  1. Within ability, 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

Instructions

The Student of the Year is a highly competitive process. To be eligible, you must meet the requirements listed below and submit two videos. Descriptions of your responsibilities are included below.

NOTE: If you are not chosen for Student of the Year, your application will be reviewed for a position on the SLC. You do NOT need to apply for both.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a current senior in high school (please note the change in age requirements).
  • 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 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 of the obligations detailed in the SADD Student Leadership 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 SLC, 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 their chapter advisors.
  • The nomination may be for the SLC or for both SLC and SOY.

Other important considerations:

  • Only one person per state will be selected to serve. However, if a Student of the Year is chosen from a state, an SLC member from the same state may be chosen, as well.
  • In choosing a Student of the Year, preference is NOT given to students who currently serve on the SLC.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed online application by Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.
  • Be a current senior in high school in good academic standing.
  • 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 leadership qualities within your SADD chapter.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with all types of people.

REVIEW AND SELECTION

All completed applications for Student of the Year 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 and rate them according to the above criteria.

Twenty-minute phone interviews will be conducted with each 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 Student of the Year, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or their designee and the CEO or their designee.

NOTE: If you are not chosen for Student of the Year, your application will be reviewed for a position on the CAC. You do NOT need to apply for both.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS

Please review the checklist below prior to beginning to complete the online application to ensure you have all required items.  SADD National must receive completed applications on or before Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. All applications will be submitted through the online application found below.

Application Checklist:

Each complete application must include the following items. Failure to include any piece of the application will result in disqualification of the applicant. Additional materials will not be reviewed. Submissions must be electronic.

  • Application Form
  • Activities & Accomplishments
  • Student Questionnaire
  • Unofficial High School Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (choose only three)
    • SADD Advisor – REQUIRED
    •  School Representative (principal, guidance counselor, teacher, etc.)
    • State Coordinator or Contact – REQUIRED (if applicable)
    • Community Representative
  • Contract for Life
  • Verification Form
  • Two Video Submissions

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, Director of Programs.

Student of the Year Application

  • Personal Information

  • NOTE: SADD Student of the Year is available only to current high school seniors.
  • (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)
  • Questionnaire

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • 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. It is important for SLC members to be comfortable with public speaking, as they are often 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.
  • Why I Should Be Chosen as the SADD National Student of the Year Video Submission

    SOY applicants are required to submit a short presentation video along with the questionnaire video. The recording should include one short presentation (no longer than three to five minutes) with the following content: In a conversational interview format, speak to the reasons you believe that you should be chosen as SADD National Student of the Year. 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.
  • If I am not chosen for Student of the Year, I would like my application to be considered for the College Advisory Council.
  • 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 Student of the Year 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 Student of the Year, and I am confident of my ability to serve productively, if selected.
  • I have read the materials included in the Student of the Year 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 Student of the Year 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.
  • Please upload three letters of recommendation from the following: SADD Advisor – REQUIRED; School Representative (i.e. principal, guidance counselor, teacher, etc.); State Coordinator or Contact – REQUIRED (if applicable); Community Representative.
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    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.