SADDâs unique approach involves young people delivering education and prevention messages to their peers through school- and community wide activities and campaigns responsive to the needs of their particular locations. Projects may include peer-led classes and theme-focused forums, teen workshops, conferences and rallies, prevention education, leadership training, awareness-raising activities, and legislative work. Independent studies have shown that students in schools with an established SADD chapter are more aware of and informed about the risks of underage drinking, other drug use, and impaired driving. Students in schools with a SADD chapter are also more likely to hold attitudes reflecting positive reasons not to use alcohol and other drugs.
In Madison County we are using a unique model that has been extremely successful. Madison County SADD is overseen by Intersect. All six public high schools and one charter school all currently have SADD groups. Madison County SADD has created a county board with two or more student representatives from each of the schools-that meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2:30-4:00pm. At board meetings members organize, plan and implement creative monthly activities and awareness campaigns to educate their peers on various topics. Then, those core students return to their local chapters to implement projects and activities.
To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.