SADD’s strength lies in numbers. To demonstrate our impact, SADD National—with the help of our network— is proud to present SADD STRONG, a collection of THREE select programs that target SADD’s three core issue areas.

  • Rock the Belt, in conjunction with October’s National Teen Driver Safety Week
  • SADD Shines Week, held in February to celebrate SADD students and promote personal health and safety
  • BuzzCheck, in conjunction with April’s Alcohol Awareness month

All SADD STRONG programs are comprised of an activity guide, packed with activity ideas and media templates, and a kit, filled with starter supplies needed for the suggested activities. The activity guides aim to target three core constituencies: schools, parents, and communities.

Rock the Belt: In Every Seat, Every Vehicle, Every Time
Rock the Belt is a SADD National core program that uses peer-to-peer prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing seat belts in every vehicle, in every seat, every time. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities from October 18-24, 2015.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide:

  • Quick-Click Challenge, a fast-paced team competition to see who can click it in the least amount of time
  • Seat Belt Survey, an assessment that measures seat belt use
  • Chalk the Walk, seat belt reminders crafted in sidewalk chalk
  • Seat Belt Fasten Show, a fashion show highlighting fun duct tape seat belts
  • Living Seat Belt, a human chain around city hall to spread awareness and capture media attention
  • And more!

Click here to learn more about Rock the Belt.

SADD Shines Week: The Power of You 
SADD Shines Week is a SADD National core program designed to guide teens, parents, and communities to celebrate SADD’s 35th anniversary and highlight the important issue of mental health, which chapters across the country have identified as an area of growing concern. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities from February 1-7, 2016.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide:

  • SADD Shines Day, a day to celebrate SADD on Wednesday, February 3
  • SADDchat, a new and improved version of SADD’s Contract for Life between students and their parents
  • Reality Check, an elementary school mentoring program that focuses on self-esteem
  • Erase the Stigma, a media campaign designed to raise awareness around mental health issues
  • Sample PSAs, templates designed for SADD chapters to record for local radio media outlets
  • And more!

BuzzCheck: Is it Worth the Risk?
Buzzcheck is a SADD National core program that uses peer-to-peer prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the real-life consequences of underage drinking. Chapters are strongly encouraged, but not required, to hold their activities from April 11-17, 2016.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the activity guide:

  • BuzzCheck, a social norming campaign to illustrate that “not everyone is doing it”
  • Is It Worth the Risk, a skit and community panel aimed to engage parents and community members
  • PROMise, a messaging strategy dedicated to keeping kids safe during prom season
  • And more!

WE ARE SADD STRONG: Achievement & Recognition Program 
We want to celebrate SADD STRONG chapters, so as you complete portions of SADD’s three core programs, you will work your way towards our three levels of recognition: One Star Status, Two Star Status, and ROCKSTAR status!

How do you do this? It’s easy!

Each core program’s activity guide identifies activities that target parents, schools, communities, and advocacy. Complete activities that target each group, along with an annual membership and advocacy campaign. Some activities target more than one group, and they count for each group identified!

SADDvocacy Efforts 
Advocacy at all levels is the best way to make concrete change within schools and communities, and SADD National wants to provide teens with the tools necessary to advocate about important issues.

SADD National Webinars: SADD National will host a series of webinars in conjunction with its three core programs, providing advice and support for students to advocate on behalf of SADD’s three core issue areas: traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety. Four live webinars will be held, and each will be archived on SADD’s website. Chapter representatives must watch TWO webinars to achieve this box.

Advocacy Activities: Each SADD National Core program includes an advocacy activity, but chapters are not limited to these three provided activities. Advocacy Activity options include:

  • Rock the Belt: School District Seat Belt Policy
  • SADD Shines: Earning a Proclamation
  • BuzzCheck: School District Alcohol Policies
  • Host a Town Hall Meeting
  • Create a Policy Task Force

Elected Official Outreach: Chapter members are encouraged to advocate on behalf of SADD’s three core issue areas to local, state, and federal elected officials.

  • Send a letter or email to an elected official
  • Make a presentation about one of SADD’s three core issue areas at a school board or other legislative meeting
  • Invite an elected official to speak or participate in a chapter meeting or event
  • Honor or thank an elected officials that is supporter of SADD and its causes
  • Meet with an elected official to discuss SADD’s core issues

SADDvocacy Campaign reports must be entered at sadd.org by May 1, 2016.

Annual Membership Campaign 
In order to track and verify all membership campaign requirements, SADD STRONG chapters are required to provide name and email addresses for the chapter members, alumni, and caring adults they engage.

Chapter Members: Increase by 5 individuals or 5%

Alumni: Engage at least 5 SADD alumni in some capacity. The list below outlines options, but chapters are encouraged to be creative in the ways that they engage SADD alumni in their community.

  • Invite alumni to speak at a SADD meeting
  • Ask the alumni to give a social media shout out or testimonial, to SADD Nation and your chapter
  • Invite alumni to attend or participate in a chapter fundraiser or awareness activity
  • Ask the alumni to provide and submit a written testimonial about the impact SADD had in their life
  • Encourage alumni to donate to SADD National on behalf of your chapter
  • Invite alumni to write Op-Eds or Letters to the Editor to your local newspaper about SADD’s core issues
  • Request that alumni sign up for The SADDvocate or ParentTeen Matters at sadd.org
  • Encourage alumni to donate time, money, food, or supplies to a chapter event

Caring Adults: Engage at least 5 caring adults in some capacity. The list below outlines options, but chapters are encouraged to be creative in the ways that they engage caring adults in their school and community.

  • Invite caring adults to write Op-Eds or Letters to the Editor to your local newspaper about SADD’s core issues
  • Request that caring adults sign up for The SADDvocate or ParentTeen Matters at sadd.org
  • Encourage caring adults to donate time, money, food, or supplies to a chapter event
  • Encourage caring adults to donate to SADD National on behalf of your chapter
  • Invite caring adults to attend or participate in a chapter fundraiser or awareness activity

Annual Membership Campaign reports must be entered at sadd.org by May 1, 2016.

One Star Status 
In order to attain One Star Status, a chapter must complete one box (two activities) from each of the three SADD STRONG core programs, plus one box of both the SADDvocacy and Membership Campaigns, and report these results at sadd.org.

One Star Chapters will receive:

  • A SADD STRONG pennant to display in your school
  • A letter and certificate from SADD National’s CEO
  • Recognition on SADD National’s website and other communications
  • Entry into a national pool of One Star Chapters for a chance to win one (1) free 2016 National Conference registration (a $399 value!)

Special National Conference Recognition:

  • One Star designation on conference name badge
  • Recognition and chapter name on slide at National Conference Banquet

Two Star Status
To attain Two Star Status, chapters must complete two boxes (four activities) from each of the three SADD STRONG core programs, plus two boxes of both the SADDvocacy and Membership Campaigns, and report these results at sadd.org.

Two Star Chapters will receive:

  • A SADD STRONG pennant to display in your school
  • A letter and certificate from SADD National’s CEO
  • Recognition on SADD National’s website and other communications
  • 10% discount on SADD Store Merchandise (one-time purchase)
  • Entry into a national pool of Two Star Chapters for a chance to win two (2) free 2016 National Conference registrations (each a $399 value!)

Special National Conference Recognition:

  • Two Star designation on conference name badge
  • Recognition and chapter name on slide at National Conference Banquet

ROCKSTAR Status 
To attain ROCKSTAR Status, chapters must complete all boxes (six activities) from each of the three SADD STRONG programs, plus all boxes of both the SADDvocacy and Membership Campaigns, and report these results at sadd.org.

ROCKSTAR Chapters will receive:

  • A SADD STRONG pennant to display in your school
  • A letter and certificate from SADD National’s CEO
  • Chapter name and group photo on National website
  • Featured in The SADDvocate
  • 10% discount on SADD Store Merchandise (one-time purchase)
  • Entry into a national pool of ROCKSTAR Chapters for a chance to win three (3) free 2016 National Conference registrations (each a $399 value!)
  • Personal video congratulatory message from SADD National’s CEO

Special National Conference Recognition:

  • ROCKSTAR designation on conference name badge
  • ROCKSTAR sunglasses
  • Verbal recognition and chapter name on slide at National Conference Banquet
  • Reserved seating at banquet

How to be SADD STRONG 
To participate in the WE ARE SADD STRONG: Achievement and Recognition Program, you’ll need to follow three easy steps.

  • Buy the kit! Our affordable SADD STRONG kits can be purchased online at sadd.org.
  • Carry out each core program, highlighting your successes on social media using the hashtag: #SADDnation.
  • Report back to the SADD National office on the sadd.org website.