After attending the 2000 SADD National Conference, Jim Noffsinger – a local SADD chapter advisor at the time – returned to Indiana to begin developing what is now Indiana SADD. By 2001, Indiana SADD was awarded a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving. The Council remains the primary funding source for the program.
Today, Indiana SADD provides support to over 240 middle school, high school, and college chapters, along with dozens of other prevention and community programs. The goal is to provide support for existing chapters and assist in the development of new ones.
SADD does not support or condone the use of alcohol by underage young people. We believe young people can have fun, enjoy life, and nurture positive personal relationships without the distraction and distortion of alcohol. SADD seeks to demonstrate positive and attractive alternatives to alcohol- and other drug-infused activities for teenagers.
SADD and its chapters do not support or condone activities that encourage or enable the use of alcohol by underage young people such as safe rides and designated driver programs.
For more than a quarter-century, SADD has been recognized as a national leader in alcohol and drug education and prevention. What began as a small-town, grass-roots response to the tragedy of two impaired driving crashes and the resulting death of two teenage students quickly grew to become a nationwide organization fueled by millions of young people across the country.
In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission, and chapters now use the name Students Against Destructive Decisions. Today, SADD highlights prevention of a broad range of behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, with special attention to underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired and dangerous driving, teen violence and suicide.
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SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives. We accomplish this by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-led chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions.
SADD State Affiliate, Indiana State Coordinator
Brian W. Sappenfield
Mark R. Kaser
INDIANA SADD PARTNERS
NO USE POLICY
CJI is responsible for developing and implementing programming designed to reduce the number of people injured and killed each year on Indiana's roadways.
We take our role as a good neighbor seriously when it comes to keeping you and your family safe on the road. Our relationships and programs promote child passenger safety, teen driver safety, seat belt safety and safe and sober driving.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people age 16-20, killing more than 5,600 teens each year.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seeks to turn around this deadly situation through our research and education in the area of Teen Driver Safety.
Indiana SADD is here to help in any way possible!
If you have questions about prevention ideas or plans you are making, contact us. We may be able to help! If you are planning a mock car crash, feel free to use the script provided to the right, making any changes necessary.
Call or email today with questions or ideas of how we can help you!