Ending drunk driving begins with preventing underage drinking
At MADD, we know that our hopes for a safer future are riding on tomorrow’s drivers. By getting today’s youth off to a good start, we are taking a giant step toward fulfilling our vision of a nation without drunk driving. That’s why we’re focused on tackling underage drinking, a problem that threatens the safety of our kids and endangers entire communities, now and down the road.
Communication is KEY! Parents are a youth’s leading resource when it comes to making healthy choices. This program helps parents use the power they have to keep their kids safe through ongoing, critical conversations with their children about alcohol and other drugs.
Your kids are listening
Believe it or not, teens list their parents as a major influencer in their decision to not drink alcohol before the age of 21.
Teen drinking is a bigger deal than you might think. The law says it’s illegal to drink under the age of 21; and it’s illegal for someone under 21 to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol. Get the truth behind some of the most common myths.
Youth also can play a pivotal role in underage prevention! They can stand up as the leaders who make it “ok” to say no to alcohol.
MADD helps youth explore the real, short- and long-term impacts of drinking underage, including how it damages their brains and the long-lasting social consequences through interactive presentations delivered by certified facilitators. MADD also offers tools directly to teens to encourage them to use the power they have to keep themselves and their friends safe.
Through this valuable program youth not only learn why it is important to stay away from alcohol and other drugs, but they also learn real life strategies.
In many areas, MADD representatives are available to speak at schools, churches, or other community gatherings. You can click the button below to request a presentation in your area, or to connect with a local office if you are interested in becoming a trained facilitator.
Encourage your kids to explore our teen-focused Power of You(th) site today so they can use the power they have to save lives!
Get the Facts
Teen drinking is a bigger deal than you might think. The law says it’s illegal to drink under the age of 21; and it’s illegal for someone under 21 to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol. Get the facts on some of the most common myths.
As part of its Power of You(th) program, in October, MADD joins its partners around the country to host school and community events to empower teens to make safe choices. Want to take part? Download our partner toolkit and find out how you can help teens protect their future.
The toolkits below are for others in your community who want to protect teens from the dangerous consequences of underage drinking. MADD has toolkits specifically designed for Student Leaders, Educators, School Resource Officers, and Community Members interested in saving lives.