Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.)
Florida SADD is dedicated to educating students, parents, and
others in the community concerning the problems of underage drinking, impaired
driving, seatbelt usage, driver training, speeding, and red light running. Florida SADD emphasizes traffic safety because
traffic crashes are the # 1 cause of death for teenagers in America.
The purpose of Florida SADD is to assist and encourage middle
and high school students to live safe, healthy, and substance-free lifestyles
by creating chapters in their schools that support and promote positive
decision-making. SADD promotes a
“No-Use” message – no alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances – through
positive peer pressure, support, and activism.
SADD’s philosophy is: If the
problem is mine, the solution also begins with me.
SADD’s success demonstrates that students everywhere are
taking the lead in reducing deaths on the road. In 1997, in response to
requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and name, and
now chapters are called Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Originally, the mission of SADD
(Students Against Destructive Decisions) was to help young people say “No” to
drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us
that positive peer pressure, role models and other strategies can help them say
“No” to more than drinking and driving. And that is why SADD has become a peer
leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions,
particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and risky driving, and
teen violence and suicide. SADD’s mission simply stated is:
To provide students with the best
prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other
drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
The Florida SADD office provides statewide coordination and
assistance to Florida’s 200+ SADD chapters and works in cooperation with many
state agencies, local school districts, law enforcement offices, and othe r
state and community based organizations.
The collaboration and cooperation between the state and community based
organizations enhances the “Triangle of Caring” which is comprised of school,
home, and community.
Here in Leon County, we are proud to partner with Barrett, Fasig & Brooks. We currently have SADD chapters at Chiles, Godby,
and Florida A&M University Developmental Research School. Because of the
support of [ln::firm_name], we will bring in Renee Napier
and Eric Smallridge to share their amazing story at each of these schools. When
Eric was a young man, he made the tragic mistake of driving while impaired and
killed Renee’s daughter, Meagan in a car crash. Through an amazing leap of
forgiveness, Renee successfully had Eric’s prison sentence reduced and they began
speaking in schools about their experience. For more information, go to the Meagan Napier webpage.
Their presentation is so powerful that they have been
recognized on the national CBS Evening News and will soon appear on the Katie
Couric show. Matthew West, a popular Christian performer, was so moved that he
wrote a song about them called Forgiveness. Whenever they present, there is always a long line of people who stay afterwards just to thank them and to share their promise of
never driving while impaired.
Florida SADD is funded by a grant. [ln::firm_name] is proud to partner with SADD to bring Renee and Eric to Leon County and empower our Leon teens with Renee and Eric’s presentation.