This past weekend, 10 teens from across the country gathered at MADD’s national headquarters in Irving, TX, for the first National Teen Influencer Group Summit. The teens, ages 13-18, were appointed to the group either by winning the national Power of You(th) video contest held in the spring of 2012, or by nominations from MADD staff and volunteers and partnering organizations.
At the Summit, the Teen Influencers shared their own experiences about the challenges associated with underage drinking as well as their ideas for reaching teens with the life-saving message about the importance of waiting until after 21 to drink and of choosing not to ride in a car with someone who has been drinking. We talked about MADD’s developing strategy for reaching teens, how we could do better, and what more could be done through the Power of You(th) program.
The Summit was a great opportunity to work together to create a program for youth, by youth. We look forward to using the knowledge gained during the weekend activities and continuing to work with the teens via conference calls to further develop MADD’s Power of You(th) program to reach teens across the country.
Thank you to the very talented 10 National Teen Influencers for your participation and insight that will ultimately help save countless lives! You are our future, and it’s for that reason we press on.
Thank you also to State Farm, who is the presenting sponsor of the Power of You(th) program and of the National Teen Influencer Group Summit.