South River High School’s SADD group was created by students to help empower their peers to successfully confront the risks and pressures that create challenges in their daily lives. The group fosters a sense of belonging, and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people can make positive life decisions.
Meetings Held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month
NEST – Blue Block
SADD was originally founded on the simple philosophy that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. For more than a quarter-century, SADD has been recognized as a national leader in alcohol and drug education and prevention.
What began as a small-town, grass-roots response to the tragedy of two impaired driving crashes and the resulting deaths of two teenage students quickly grew to become a nationwide organization fueled by millions of young people across the country and around the world. Through the efforts of SADD and similar organizations and with changes in government policy and law, the number of teen alcohol-related traffic crashes has been reduced by almost 60 percent.
SADD’s “Contract for Life” has become part of the vernacular. At the same time, the world of teenagers has become more complex, and substance abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS, and suicide are also threats to teens’ well-being. With its expansion of focus to include other destructive decisions, SADD is the premier youth-based education and prevention organization in America and maintains the ability to play a leading role in effective, evidence-based prevention programming.