Why Apply for SADD SPEAKs?
Hi, I am Lindsay Fries from New Carlisle, Ohio. I am currently a senior at Northwestern High School. I joined SADD because I thought it sounded like an organization that gave a positive message in my school, but I did not know exactly what it was all about.
I participated in activities, attended a conference, and received an officer position for the following school year. I became even more involved with SADD. That spring, I found out about SPEAKs, and applied. I was overjoyed to find out I was accepted, and dove right into a pre-training that taught me about legislative processes and driving safety topics. In Washington DC, I learned more about those areas, but most importantly, I learned more about SADD in general and the different perspectives of teens from across the nation.
I was able to see national monuments as well as plan and speak at a Congressional Briefing. I have made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Now, I have expanded my role with the organization by serving on the 2016-17 SADD National Student Leadership Council. You should apply for SPEAKs because it is an awesome opportunity to meet new people, get out of your comfort zone, and learn about completely new ways to advocate for issues that support SADD’s mission. Good luck!