What We Do?
The Tennessee Teen Institute
The Tennessee Teen Institute is a five-day camp to provide education and training in youth development, leadership and prevention. TTI offers various formats of training including workshops, seminars, and activities that help young people grow to be strong, healthy individuals who will have the skills needed to make a difference in the community in which they live. TTI 2012 hosted approximately 400 teen leaders, adult advisors, and TTI staff. These participants leave TTI motivated not only to make healthy decisions in their own lives, but also committed to work so that others are making healthy decisions as well.
It has been estimated that over three million teenagers are out and out alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they cannot manage on their own. That is why Blake began speaking to students about making good decisions.
Blake McMeans’s life changed forever in an alcohol related automobile accident. He is primarily confined to a wheel chair. His dreams of becoming a professional athlete are gone forever. In fact, he will never play tennis again.
Today, his passion has become speaking to young people and compelling them not to make the choices he made. He speaks in high schools across the country, using his life story to convince students not to drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.Click here to learn more.
Tennessee Safe Driving Coalition
We are a coalition of people who are trying to educate parents and teens about the safety that should be practiced on the highway. We want our teens to be able to make educated decisions, and correct judgment while driving. The National Safety Council (NSC), The Allstate Foundation, and Jackson Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (JACOA) have joined together to continue the Tennessee Teen Safe Driving Coalition (TTSDC). Our mission is to establish a culture of safe teen driving based on the proven principles of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in order to end crashes, injuries, and deaths involving teen drivers on our roads. TTSDC will strive to engage, educate and mobilize teens and communities to work collectively to develop and improve teen driver safety programs, practices, and activities on proven principals. Click here for more information
Tennessee SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
For 30 years, SADD has been committed to empowering young people to lead education and prevention initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded as Students Against Drunk Driving in 1981 in Wayland, Massachusetts, SADD has grown to become the nation’s dominant peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and name and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD continues to endorse a firm “No Use” message related to use of alcohol and other drugs. With its expanded focus, SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behavior and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence and suicide. Click here for more information