MADD National Teen Influencer Sarah Haiken was recently named as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Town of Huntington as part of their Thirteenth Annual Women's Networking Day and Awards Ceremony. The annual event is designated as a time to recognize and honor extraordinary women for their exemplary accomplishments and contributions benefitting the community.
Sarah received this award for her active and dedicated advocacy for MADD, including her participation in MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group for the past three years. Sarah created a program focusing on the dangers of underage drinking and getting into a car with someone who has been drinking. As part of the program, she has teens sign a pledge not to drink before their 21. The program has thrived and to date, she has had hundreds of teens sign the pledge and over 50 volunteer for the program. She also arranges for local law enforcement involvement.
Sarah is a Junior in high school, runs long distances for cross country and track. In 2011, Sarah was awarded a Woman of Achievement award from the Long Island Press and since has received numerous citations and proclamations for her work to prevent underage drinking. She also currently sits on the New York State Governor's Board for Teen Safe Driving for the second year in a row.
Congratulations, Sarah, and thank you for all you do to save lives!
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Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s dangerous. Which is why we’re asking teens to take a stand against underage drinking.
Teens: You have the power to influence your friends and make an impact in your school, home and community. The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to save some of the 4,700 lives that are lost each year because of underage drinking.
Take a selfie and use the hashtag #ProtectUrSelfie to pledge to be alcohol free until 21! Learn more here.
And check out some of the amazing teens who have already taken the #ProtectUrSelfie pledge on social media:
This weekend, MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group convened in Nashville, Tenn. to share ideas on how to stop underage drinking in their respective communities. The Group is part of MADD’s Power of You(th) program which works to empower teens to take a stand against drinking under 21 in their schools and communities. The teens were selected based on their commitment to be drug and alcohol-free and the desire to share MADD’s message to their peers.
They spent Friday receiving training on how to be a MADD ambassador in their community. On Saturday, the teens volunteered at the Nashville Walk Like MADD event, painting faces and hosting a #ProtectUrSelfie photo booth. At the end of the weekend, the teens each committed to an activity they can implement in their community to influence their peers to make the smart choice and avoid alcohol until 21.
Watching the group learn from MADD and each other was inspiring for all involved. Each teen left the summit excited to get back to their school and began working on their activities.
Click here to learn more about this year’s National Teen Influencer Group.
There are many common misconceptions about underage drinking, like “everybody does it,” and “it’s OK as long as I don’t drive.” But the fact is, that’s just not true.
Check out our new infographic to find out the facts behind some of the common teen drinking myths, and help spread the word by sharing it on all of your social media channels: