2020 College Advisory Council Application

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2020-2021 College Advisory Council Application


The College Advisory Council (CAC) is a nationally-focused team of youth interns that will work with the SADD national office to further the mission of SADD Through participation in the CAC intern program, selected students will grow and strengthen their leadership skills and gain significant training, leadership and public speaking opportunities. Members of the CAC are individuals who exemplify the SADD model of empowerment and caregiving through involvement in community service, especially in projects relating to substance abuse prevention, traffic safety, and personal health and safety. They have many accomplishments within their schools and communities to further SADD’s mission.


College Advisory Council members:

  • Serve one of four specific intern roles, working directly with the national staff on new and continuing projects
    • Communications/Conference Intern
    • Public Affairs/Field Services Intern
    • Programs Intern
    • Washington, DC Intern
  • Speak publicly to the media, partners and at events and other functions on issues central to SADD’s mission.
  • Provide the national organization with youth insight and perspective on strategic planning, programming, the national conference and other aspects of SADD operations.
  • Creating a system of grassroots communication to supply information and resources to new and existing chapters.
  • Serve as a role model for SADD students nationwide, setting a positive example of a responsible attitude, overall behavior and making choices appropriate to that of a student leader.
  • Upon successful completion of their term, CAC members will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Attend two SADD National Conferences and actively participate as required. Specific responsibilities are assigned to both the incoming and outgoing CAC and may include introducing speakers, performing small skits and/or role-plays, rallying conference participants and presenting workshops.
  • Assist SADD National staff in daily operations and execution of small and large scale projects
  • Participate in one additional face-to-face meetings in October. The SADD National office will cover all meeting expenses. Students will be expected to miss up to three days of school for each meeting.
  • Participate in mandatory monthly group conference calls to discuss projects in progress, current events, SADD policies, and proposed campaigns and activities.
  • Participate in mandatory weekly one-on-one check in calls with assigned SADD National staff member.
  • Raise funds on behalf of the SADD National Office. Each year, the SADD National office invests $55,000 to launch and support the Student Leadership Councils. With support from the SADD National staff, students will be expected to raise $1,000 per member.
  • Participate in quarterly webinar-based leadership trainings, hosted by SADD National staff.
  • Develop and disseminate a teen driver safety contest in conjunction with SADD’s partners at The National Road Safety Foundation. This annual contest will be developed primarily at the fall meeting in New York City. The program will be launched the following school year.
  • Within ability, represent SADD National at conferences, meetings and public events.
  • Speak with members of the press or public on questions related to SADD’s mission as requested and approved by SADD National.

How to Apply


The College Advisory Council consists of four interns and membership is highly competitive. Each student must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. All applicants must submit a video as described below.



  • Applicants must be current seniors in high school or current college students.
  • Applicants must be students in good academic standing (no lower than a C average overall) and agree to maintain that good standing throughout their term of office.
  • Applicants must be an alumni of an active SADD chapter.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel on their own by any means including planes, trains, buses and cars.
  • Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Contact. (NOTE: If the applicant’s home state does not have a state coordinator, this requirement is waived. To learn if your state currently has a coordinator or contact, click here.)

States with a State Coordinator or State Contact:

  • The State Coordinator/Contact may nominate any number of students, but to be considered for the CAC, students must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Affiliate.

States without a State Coordinator or State Contact:

  • Individual SADD chapters may nominate one student per chapter.
  • Each student nominee must have a letter of recommendation from their chapter advisors.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed online application by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
  • Be a current senior in high school or in college and in good academic standing.
  • Be a positive role model of the “No Use” lifestyle, including alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
  • Demonstrate personal commitment to SADD’s mission.
  • Be proficient and willing to use social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.
  • Be willing and able to speak publicly about SADD.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities within your SADD chapter.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with all types of people.


All completed applications for the CAC are reviewed by a panel of leaders in youth substance abuse prevention, highway safety, youth leadership and other related fields. The panel rates each application according to the criteria above.


Top applicants will be expected to complete a twenty-minute phone interview, facilitated by SADD’s Director of Youth Empowerment and other designated staff members. Applications will then be reviewed at SADD National by a finalist review panel consisting of the current Student of the Year, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or their designee and the CEO or their designee.


Please review the checklist below prior to beginning to complete the online application to ensure you have all required items. SADD National must receive completed applications on or before Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. All applications will be submitted through the online application found below.

Application Checklist:

Each complete application must include the following items. Failure to include any piece of the application will result in disqualification of the applicant. Additional materials will not be reviewed. Submissions must be electronic.

  • Application form
  • Resume to include activities & accomplishments
  • Student questionnaire
  • Unofficial high school transcript
  • Letters of recommendation (choose only three)
    • SADD Advisor – REQUIRED
    • School Representative (principal, guidance counselor, teacher, etc.)
    • State Coordinator or Contact – REQUIRED (if applicable)
    • Community Representative
  • Signed Contract for Life
  • Verification form
  • Video submission

For additional information, you may call the SADD National office at (508) 481-3568. For inquiries specifically relating to the CAC application process, contact Mallory Tecklenburg, Director of Youth Empowerment.


SADD National reserves the right to strictly enforce all deadlines.