Help Teens Create Positive Change
Help Teens Make a Difference
Teens volunteer at twice the rate of adults. The Youth Volunteer Corps of America reports a quarter million volunteers have completed nearly 4 million hours of service in the U.S. and Canada. They are starting to become activists for teen driver safety. As their leading cause of death, car crashes are a serious issue facing teens. Teens can make a difference in their school and in their community by sharing important information and modeling safe driving behaviors.
A good way to encourage teens to get involved is during National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) -- October 20-26, 2013. NTDSW is a time designated by Congress each year to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. Last year’s theme was 'Share, Not Scare.' Although popular, research shows graphic reenactments of car crashes and other scared straight tactics don’t change behavior over the long haul. Instead,we encouraged teens, parents, and educators to message to motivate by communicating the benefits of safe driving.
You may also want to encourage teens at your school or your community to conduct the Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care. (RLAF) program. This teen-to-teen school campaign is designed to promote safe teen driver and passenger behavior. Teens can design their own program based on what they think will work best at their school. Although a RLAF campaign can be done at any time during the school year, many choose to conduct it during NTDSW.