Real Life SADD: Tuxedo Insert Program
Stafford Technical Center SADD chapter in Rutland, Vermont, started the Tuxedo Insert Program (TIP) during prom season after SADD students brought attention to the need for a program to keep teens alcohol-free during prom season. During a meeting with law enforcement officials and the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition, SADD students discussed and created the TIP program. The involvement of the entire community and collaboration with a local prevention coalition and local law enforcement strengthened this program. The SADD students created a card to be placed in the pocket of all tuxedo rentals and in corsage boxes. The insert cards were modeled after the MasterCard “Priceless” commercials and highlighted the cost of a prom with alcohol (see the insert pictured below). The students partnered with a local tuxedo shop and florist. They publicized the program by taking photographs of male SADD students wearing tuxedos along with the law enforcement and coalition members in front of the tuxedo shop and photographs of female SADD students in front of the florist. Two newspapers in their community ran the photos. The program won a 2007 OJJDP “Success Story” award as a national model program. The SADD students have given presentations on this project at state, regional, and national conferences, and they also presented at the 2007 SADD National Conference in New Orleans.