The Washington Times-Herald

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May 1, 2014

SADD helps teens make better decisions

Car crashes continue to be the number one killer of teens. While great strides have been made to reduce those deaths, students across the state gathered to discuss what else could be done. The 2014 Indiana SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Celebration, an annual one-day conference, was held on April 16 with 500 students and adult advisors from over 40 schools celebrating all that SADD chapters have accomplished in their communities this school year. While at the conference, participants attended motivational presentations, informative sessions, and engaging activities aimed at exchanging new approaches in prevention education and gathering ideas they can share with their peers. The conference was held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, and was sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Some of the day’s highlights included: ThinkFast Interactive game-show style activity to educate youth on teen traffic safety, the annual Indiana SADD awards, the Quick-Click Challenge Competition (a seatbelt buckling team event), and numerous educational workshops addressing topics such as teen traffic safety, alcohol poisoning, bullying, and other important teen issues.

“SADD students from our school are dedicated to helping our peers make safe, positive decisions,” said Kim Fields, Barr Reeve SADD Club sponsor. “It was exciting to meet with other youth who share the same mission. We learned a lot from each other.”

SADD, the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More information about SADD can be found at www.indianasadd.org.

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