SPEAKs is an intensive 4-day leadership and advocacy training institute (for rising high school juniors and seniors) designed to empower students to address traffic safety issues at the national, state and local levels.
The SPEAKs program consists of three components:
1. Online Training: Content will focus on public speaking, coalition building and basic advocacy skills. There will also be a series of webinars with traffic safety experts on current issues in impaired driving for teens. Finally, students will work with government affairs mentors to develop an advocacy strategy.
2. Visit to Washington D.C.: The capstone SPEAKs event is a four-day, three-night visit to Washington, D.C., where you will meet with representatives of national organizations dedicated to youth safety, Congressional staff focused on transportation policy and federal agency staff responsible for federal policy related to teen traffic safety. You will also plan and moderate a briefing for Capitol Hill staff on teens and impaired driving.
3. Follow-up and Mobilization: Following your visit to Washington, you will put your new skills into practice by working to influence local, state and/or federal policy. You may present at national youth conferences or on national webinars, organize state-level events, utilize social media to spread the word, or help in the development of your respective State Highway Safety Plan.
Dates for Washington, D.C. trip: June 21-23, 2018
Please complete the application below and upload your letter of recommendation. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 15, 2017.