Teen Influencers have the power to make a difference! Work with MADD to reduce underage drinking.
The facts about underage drinking and driving don't lie. Fact: in 2008, nearly one third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States were the result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Also in 2008, "an estimated 12.4% of persons ages 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year."
It is crucial that teens and young adults recognize the dangers associated with consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car. The efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, are helping to raise awareness and reduce the number of impaired underage drivers.
Now, ten teens are going to have the chance to take a stand against underage drinking as part of MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group! Outstanding and responsible teens from around the United States are applying to lead other teenagers across the country in taking a stand against underage drinking as a part of the 2014-2015 Power of You(th)® National Teen Influencer Group, nationally sponsored by State Farm®.
Out of all applicants, ten teens will be selected "to shape and create initiatives to empower teens to not drink before 21 or ride in a car with someone who has been drinking" and to work alongside MADD National staff members, gaining invaluable experience..
Other perks include: serving as youth ambassadors for MADD within your state and community; building a network of inspiring and motivated peers from across the country; developing and refining "new leadership skills, media training, effective underage drinking prevention initiatives, and new friendships."
A chance to work with MADD staff and develop real-world job skills is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a teenager. Even more meaningful than the personal rewards, however, is the chance to help spread a positive message to other teenagers around the country, and to potentially help save lives!
If you feel that your teen may be suffering from alcohol abuse or experimenting with drinking, visit Drug Free America for more educational resources. Please visit our website or explore our blog to learn more about LiveFree!