2014-2015 National Teen Influencer Group

We are excited to announce the 10 teens chosen to be a part of the 2014-2015 National Teen Influencer Group:

Dakota Baker
10th grade
C.A. Gray Junior High School
Norman Park, GA

Stormey Barton
11th grade
Hyde Park High School
Austin, TX

Kassidy Brown
12th grade
Lufkin High School
Lufkin, TX

Sarah Haiken
11th grade
Half Hollow Hills High School East
Melville, NY

Kenya James
12th grade
Denham Springs High School
Denham Springs, LA

Lauren “Alex” Otte
12th grade
Trinity Christian Academy
Lexington, KY

Ashley Persson
12th grade
Temecula High School
Winchester, CA

Madison Romeo
11th grade
Lambert High School
Suwanee, GA

Hollywood Ruch
12th grade
Mechanicsburg High School
New Cumberland, PA

Cady Snell
12th grade
Rocky Mountain High School
Meridian, ID

We’ve got some amazing teens involved this year, including one who founded a student organization to fight peer pressure related to drugs and alcohol and another who competes in the Ms. America pageants with a platform of underage drinking prevention. One of the teens is an active member of her town’s Mayoral Youth Advisory Board where she chairs the Anti-Drug Coalition and works to create a community where underage drinking is not supported.  And that’s just a few examples!  All 10 teens were selected based on their commitment to be drug and alcohol-free and the desire to share MADD’s message to their peers. 

Several of the teens have also been personally impacted by drunk driving and have volunteered with their local MADD office, sharing their story at Victim Impact Panels and other MADD events to help prevent others from experiencing the tragedy they’ve had to endure.

Congratulations to our 10 new Teen Influencers! We look forward to working with these outstanding youth to empower other teens to avoid alcohol before 21 and never get in the car with someone who has been drinking.

MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group is part of the Power of You(th) program, sponsored by State Farm®, designed to equip teens with the information and resources to help them avoid drinking alcohol before 21.

For more information about the Power of You(th) program, or to download the teen booklet called The 411 on Teen Drinking, visit www.madd.org/powerofyouth.