SADD Opportunities at the National Level
National Student Leadership Council
The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a nationally focused youth forum that works to further the mission of SADD. Through participation in the SLC, selected students grow and strengthen their leadership skills and gain significant travel, training, leadership and public speaking opportunities. Members of the SLC are dedicated to peer programming and youth health and safety. They have many accomplishments within their schools and communities to further SADD’s mission.
Student Leadership Members:
- Complete individual projects that advance the strategic vision of the organization.
- Speak publicly to the media, partners and at events and other functions on issues central to SADD’s mission.
- Provide the national organization with youth insight and perspective on strategic planning, programming, the national conference and other aspects of SADD operations.
- Serve as a role model for SADD students nationwide, setting a positive example of a responsible attitude, overall behavior and making choices appropriate to that of a student leader.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Attend two SADD National Conferences and actively participate as required. Specific responsibilities are assigned to both the incoming and outgoing SLC and may include introducing speakers, performing small skits and/or role-plays, rallying conference participants and presenting workshops.
- Assist the SADD National Conference Committee in planning and implementing the national conference at the expiration of their term.
- Participate in two additional face-to-face meetings in the course of the year (October and February). The SADD National office will cover all meeting expenses. Students will be expected to miss up to three days of school for each meeting.
- Participate in mandatory monthly group conference calls to discuss projects in progress, current events, SADD policies, and proposed campaigns and activities.
- Participate in mandatory monthly one-on-one check in calls to discuss progress on individual projects
- Raise funds on behalf of the SADD National Office. Each year, the SADD National office invests $55,000 to launch and support the Student Leadership Councils. With support from the SADD National staff, students will be expected to raise $1,000 per member.
- Participate in quarterly webinar-based leadership trainings, hosted by SADD National staff.
- Develop and disseminate a teen driver safety contest in conjunction with SADD’s partners at The National Road Safety Foundation. This annual contest will be developed primarily at the fall meeting in New York City. The program will be launched the following school year.
- Within ability, represent SADD National at conferences, meetings and public events.
- Speak with members of the press or public on questions related to SADD’s mission as requested and approved by SADD National.
The Student Leadership Council consists of 6-8 students and membership is highly competitive. Each student must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. All applicants must submit a video as described below. Descriptions of the responsibilities of the National President and the SLC are included below.
- Applicants must be current freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school (please note the change in age requirements).
- Applicants must be students in good academic standing (no lower than a C average overall) and agree to maintain that good standing throughout their term of office.
- Applicants must be active SADD members in a registered SADD chapter in the SADD Portal.
- Applicants must be willing to travel on their own by any means including planes, trains, buses and cars.
- Applicants must be prepared to meet all of the obligations detailed in the SADD Student Leadership Council Roles and Responsibilities.
- Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Contact. (NOTE: If the applicant’s home state does not have a state coordinator, this requirement is waived. To learn if your state currently has a coordinator or contact, click here.)
States with a State Coordinator or State Contact:
The State Coordinator/Contact may nominate any number of students, but to be considered for the SLC, students must have a letter of recommendation from their State Coordinator/Affiliate.
States without a State Coordinator or State Contact:
- Individual SADD chapters may nominate one student per chapter.
- Each student nominee must have a letter of recommendation from their chapter advisors.
- The nomination may be for the SLC and/or the National President position.
Other important considerations:
Only one person per state will be selected to serve. However, if a National President is chosen from a state, an SLC member from the same state may be chosen, as well.
Criteria for Selection
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Submit a completed online application by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.
- Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school and in good academic standing.
- Be a positive role model of the “No Use” lifestyle, including alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
- Demonstrate personal commitment to SADD’s mission.
- Be proficient and willing to use social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.
- Be willing and able to speak publicly about SADD.
- Exhibit leadership qualities within your SADD chapter.
- Be able to work collaboratively with all types of people.
Review and Selection
All completed applications for the SLC are reviewed by a panel of leaders in youth substance abuse prevention, highway safety, youth leadership and other related fields. The panel rates each application according to the criteria above.
Top applicants will be expected to complete a twenty-minute phone interview, facilitated by SADD’s Director of Youth Empowerment and other designated staff members. Applications will then be reviewed at SADD National by a finalist review panel consisting of the current National President, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or their designee and the CEO or their designee.
Please review the checklist below prior to beginning to complete the online application to ensure you have all required items. SADD National must receive completed applications on or before Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST. All applications will be submitted through the online application found below.
Each complete application must include the following items. Failure to include any piece of the application will result in disqualification of the applicant. Additional materials will not be reviewed. Submissions must be electronic.
- Application form
- Resume to include activities & accomplishments
- Video submission
- Student questionnaire
- Letters of recommendation (choose only three)
- SADD Advisor – REQUIRED
- School Representative (principal, guidance counselor, teacher, etc.)
- State Coordinator or Contact – REQUIRED (if applicable)
- Community Representative
For additional information, you may call the SADD National office at (508) 481-3568. For inquiries specifically relating to the SLC/National President application process, contact Aaron Medina, Program Manager.
SADD National reserves the right to strictly enforce all deadlines.