Did you know that MADD’s mission is to eliminate drunk driving, fight drugged driving, support victims of these violent crimes, AND PREVENT UNDERAGE DRINKING. Teen alcohol use kills around 4,700 people each year. That’s why, at MADD, we believe that by getting today’s youth off to a good start, not only are we protecting their futures, but we are taking a giant step toward fulfilling our vision of a nation without drunk driving.
But those numbers aren’t just because of drinking and driving. Approximately 68% of these deaths are due to incidents other than traffic related fatalities, such as alcohol poisoning, falls, and suicide. In addition, teens who engage in underage drinking and drug use are at a higher risk for other dangers such as date rape and acts of violence. MADD offers researched-based programs to help families protect our kids and communities.
Here at MADD Tennessee, we are proud of the work of our staff and volunteers who spoke to almost 12,000 students in 56 schools and youth retreats across Tennessee in the 2016-2017 school year! Every year in Tennessee, students hear, first-hand, about the dangers of alcohol from victims who share their stories of injury and loss, while empowering them to take a stand against underage drinking. We also provide them with encouragement and practical tips for how to withstand peer pressure and make wise choices through our Power of You(th) program.
In addition, MADD offers Power of Parents workshops to help parents understand the dangers of underage drinking and to provide them with tools to effectively communicate these dangers and their concerns to their children. We offer parents successful techniques and resources that can help them have more productive discussions about expectations and consequences, but more importantly, open up a life-saving dialogue with their kids about alcohol and drugs.
Please note: MADD TN no longer offers the SMART program. If you have a student that has been assigned to attend SMART, please contact Kelly Hennessy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative programs.