Youth Leadership Development

Preparing for Adulthood through Youth Leadership Development
Youth Leadership Development at the Community, State, and National Levels
While SADD students are taking on important issues in their communities, they are offered leadership development opportunities that prepare them to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve their full potential. Each SADD student is expected to contribute, be accountable, creative, and be a part of the solution and that builds leadership.
SADD students have the opportunity to practice and develop tangible life skills including public speaking, business writing, project management, forming and working within diverse coalitions and working groups, fundraising, event management, public health prevention, and working with media, civic, and business leaders.
Community-Level: All chapters require strong leadership to thrive. SADD chapters offer executive and non-executive leadership positions within the chapter, whether it is a school- or community-based chapter. Through their time working within their chapter, students gain real world leadership experience on a multitude of levels within their community. All SADD students are encouraged to apply through their chapter’s nomination process. 
State-Level: SADD offers opportunities for students to contribute on a state-level through their Student Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is led by the State Coordinator and is instrumental in assisting the State Coordinator in maintaining an open line of communication between the chapters in their state. Duties may include:
  • Establishing and maintaining communication between chapters, students, SAB, and the State Coordinator
  • Providing observations and feedback to help improve operations in the state
  • Set and accomplish goals by serving as student advisors to the SADD State Coordinator
  • Representing the SADD State Coordinator in their respective regions at conferences, meetings, rallies, and events

The SAB members are selected through an application and interview process and current Student Advisory Board members serve as the selection committee. After a student serves on the SAB for one year, an evaluation process is conducted by the State Coordinator and the other SAB members. Although a student may apply for a second term, there is no guarantee that the student will be awarded the position pending the evaluation process.

National-Level: Work in tandem with SADD National Staff on exciting new and ongoing national projects. The SADD National Student Leadership Council (SLC) and College Advisory Council (CAC) play a major role in the nationwide success of SADD. Members work directly with the national staff on new and continuing projects, while maintaining active leadership roles within their own local chapters. Often called upon to represent the national organization, SLC and CAC members travel to conferences, media events, and task force meetings.
Without exception, the members of the Student Leadership Council and College Advisory Council are accomplished individuals who have demonstrated their commitment by reaching out to peers, friends, and younger students through SADD and other peer-support programs. They are individuals who exemplify the SADD model of empowerment and caregiving through involvement in community service, especially in projects relating to substance abuse prevention, highway safety, and other issues that affect youth.
In addition to establishing national representation for SADD, the SLC and CAC’s goals include creating a system of grassroots communication to supply information to new and existing chapters and making recommendations to the SADD National Board of Directors for priorities and issues. Members are actively involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating the annual SADD National Conference and many have the opportunity to present workshops at the conference.
SLC and CAC members serve one-year terms and are chosen through a competitive application process.
Applications will be available for the 2019-20 school year in November 2018.
To learn more about the SADD initiatives at the community, state, and national levels, please contact us today.