Millburn High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) leaders Jack Leslie and Alyssa Weinstein joined other activists from across the country this summer to learn the latest in prevention education.
Nearly 600 SADD youth and adult leaders gathered together at the four-day SADD National Conference in Orlando, FL, June 27th-30th, to share best practices in educating their peers and promoting positive decision-making. Conference sponsors included DCH Auto Group, TOYOTA Motor Sales, USA, and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Millburn Audi is the sponsor of the Millburn High School SADD club, and DCH Auto Group funded the trip for the students and chaperone, MHS Physical Education teacher, Bill Wickenheisser.
As part of the four-day SADD National Conference, Weinstein and Leslie attended workshops aimed at providing students with information about topics critical to youth health and safety, such as underage drinking, teen violence and suicide, driving safety, diversity, bullying, and youth advocacy. They participated in motivational activities and presentations aimed at exchanging new approaches and gathering ideas that they will now share with the community and develop into events for their SADD chapter.
“SADD students from our school are dedicated to helping our peers make safe, positive decisions,” said Alyssa Weinstein. “It was exciting to meet with other youth who share the same mission. We have learned a lot from each other, and we’re excited to put our new skills into action.”
The conference is held in a different city each year to afford young people a new cultural experience. This year in Orlando, students participated in a community service school supplies drive to benefit students at Orlando’s University High School and were provided an opportunity to experience Universal Studio’s “Islands of Adventure” theme park.
SADD, the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide.
More information about SADD can be found at www.sadd.org
For more information about the Millburn High School SADD club, please contact Jennifer Manis at email@example.com
Photo: Left to Right: MHS teacher Bill Wickenheisser, Alyssa Weinstein, Jack Leslie, teacher Jennifer Manis