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 4,300 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.
Power of You(th) – Here at MADD Tennessee, we are proud of the work of our staff and volunteers who spoke to over 7,300 students in 84 classes and youth retreats across Tennessee in the 2018-2019 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.
Power of Parents – 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.
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