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2014 Teens on the Move: 25th Anniversary January—March 2014

Volume 2, Issue 2

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Mission and Contact Information

The 25th anniversary of Teens on the Move is premiering at the Jackson Coliseum on Thursday, April 10, 2014. All students and sponsors will receive a VIP pass to experience skits, singing, dancing, learning, and valuable information and motivation from two nationally known speakers. The feature presentation will star Levar Fisher, Shannon Pickard and your Mississippi Student Advisory Board.


This 25 year milestone is funded by monies made available by NHTSA and is a partnership between the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety and DREAM, Inc.

3,655 registered students 104 registered schools 1 day Limitless Possibilities

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ThinkFast Interactive Game Nissan has partnered with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to engage teens in the importance of avoiding distracted driving and other harmful behaviors behind the wheel. With Nissan’s support, the ThinkFast® Interactive education program has been offered at 25 high schools across the state, starting with those that had the highest fatalities among teen drivers in 2012. ThinkFast® is an interactive awareness presentation that educates students about the importance of driving safety. The

program is set up like a game show, complete with a full production set, mainstream music, an entertaining host, and informative and engaging trivia that appeal to teens. “This partnership demonstrates Nissan’s continued commitment to driver and passenger safety,” said Camille Young, Nissan’s manager of Communications and Community Relations. “Nissan’s vision is to help eliminate teen accidents and fatalities. Instilling safe driving habits in Mississippi students with the ThinkFast® Interactive program is just one of

Mississippi Office of Highway Safety staff join the DREAM team for ThinkFast at Canton Academy. Thank you, Nissan, for your impact on MS teens!

Greenville High students volunteer for the chance to win an ITunes gift card by convincing ThinkFast host, Alan Weiner, to not drive drunk.

many safety education initiatives in place to help reduce the number of auto-related injuries and fatalities.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, with teens being involved in 3 times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. “Providing educational opportunities for teens to learn about the dangers of distracted driving is critical. Nissan has been a tremendous supporter of our efforts to address teen driving safety and we appreciate the company’s willingness to bring this program to Mississippi," said Shirley Thomas, Director, Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. “In my classes, we have gone over the statistics before," said Moss Point High School junior Shian Walley. "This was different. It really caught our attention. If they would have showed up with a PowerPoint, they would have lost us a long time ago."

ThinkFast host, Will, explains the rules of the quick thinking last round at Moss Point High School.

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North Mississippi Starkville Academy

Ripley High School

January 13

March 4

Alcorn Central High School

Mantachie High School March 17

February 14

Clarksdale High School

Heritage Academy

March 25

February 24 Lewisburg High School February 28 A Ripley High student shows off his vocal talents for the student body.

Central Mississippi Warren Central High School

Mendenhall High School

January 27

March 5

Canton Academy

Manchester Academy

February 25

March 18

Greenville High School

Hinds Agricultural High School

February 26 Meridian High School February 27 Choctaw Tribal High School Choctaw Tribal High School students compete in the lightning fast trivia round.

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April 30 McLaurin Attendance Center May 2 Magee High School May 19

Southern Mississippi Natchez High School

Greene County High School

January 15

March 6

Moss Point High School

Columbia High School

January 21

March 20

Northeast Jones High School

West Harrison High School

February 3

April 3

Brookhaven Academy February 4 Enterprise High School February 10

More pictures from ThinkFast on page 10.

Brookhaven Academy student gives ThinkFast host, Alan, an alternative to drinking and driving.

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Mississippi SADD Chapter Development State Farm Insurance awarded a grant to DREAM, Inc. and the Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs to provide training and resources to the over 200 Mississippi SADD Chapters in an effort to strengthen the infrastructure of Mississippi SADD. There were five sponsor trainings scheduled across Mississippi in: Tupelo, Jackson,

Hattiesburg, Cleveland and Gulfport. It was a pleasure to work with the Mississippi SADD sponsors we met across the state! We were also able to provide a 2014 SADD Calendar for all Mississippi SADD sponsors full of resources, ideas, dates, and contacts to enhance their SADD Chapters.

Insurance, for recognizing the value of Mississippi SADD Chapters and the foundation they give youth!

Thank you, State Farm

Save the Dates: Fall SADD Regional Trainings Regional SADD trainings will be held in August 2014 in five locations across the state. This is an opportunity for SADD sponsors to gain valuable resources and to network and collaborate with other chapters. For more information, please contact Tawni Basden at 601-933-9197 or

All five trainings will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Locations will be sent in an email in July.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cleveland, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Team and 2 of its Student Advisory Board (SAB) members will be joining hundreds of SADD students and sponsors from across the nation in Washington D.C. for the 2014 SADD National Conference. The annual conference, starting June 22 and ending June 25, will provide invaluable information and resources, along with a chance to network with other state highway safety teams. Tawni Basden, Alex Cantrell, De’Marco Fomby, Brianna Anderson, Kent Macon (SAB), and Logan Young (SAB) will have the opportunity to learn about current dangerous driving trends and how best to combat them when they return. The SADD national conference provides the motivation and knowledge needed to save lives on the roads of Mississippi.


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2014-2015 Mississippi Student Advisory Board (SAB) Application

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What is SAB?

The Mississippi Student Advisory Board is a diverse group of thirty 9th-12th grade students from across the state that work together to address highway safety concerns among their peers. The SAB works with the staff of DREAM, Inc. to reduce impaired driving and increase seatbelt usage among Mississippi youth. The Mississippi Student Advisory Board meets for one weekend a month in Jackson and hosts two teen conferences—Club Officer Training in September and Teens on the Move in April. July: Meeting

November: Meeting

March: Meeting

August: Meeting

December: Meeting

April: TOTM

September: COT

January: Meeting

May: Meeting

October: Off

February: Meeting

June: Off

For an electronic copy of the SAB application, more information about SAB or if you have any questions, please contact Tawni Basden at or 601.933.9197. Applications must be received by May 9, 2014.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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Since 1987, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. During this month, various organizations are given the task to increase public awareness and understanding of alcohol-related issues. 2014 is the year to highlight underage drinking, an important public health issue with devastating consequences to the individual, the family, and the community. Here are some ways your school can get involved.

Organize a school-wide poster campaign or door decorating contest. Send a letter to parents with information about the Social Host Law. Promote school-sponsored post-prom activities. Ask elementary students to write messages to high schoolers encouraging them not to drink at prom.

Prom PROMise I hereby promise to behave responsibly before, during and after Prom. I commit to an alcohol and drug free prom night because I care about my fellow students, my community and myself. I WANT TO LIVE. I want to laugh, listen to great music and dance. I want to have an absolutely great time at prom. The day after, I will relive it, hour by hour, with my friends. I want to remember it. All of it. I will not use alcohol before, during or after prom.

Graduation Graduation is a time for celebration, where the doors of high school closes and a thousand more doors of opportunity open. The doors to college, a job, the military, and more are all considered a successful move towards freedom and adulthood. You are the key to making sure your future is full of opportunities. You can make your dream possible by making healthy and safe choices -Annually, about 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking. -In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol -Alcohol is a factor in 30% of all fatal crashes in ages 16-20. BECOME A SUCCESS STORY, NOT A STATISTIC!

Date: ____________________ Signed: _________________

Have a parent, principal, or accountability partner sign also.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is a time to focus on what we should be focusing on when we’re driving; THE ROAD! 2014 is the year of the passenger. As a passenger, you can be the difference between a safe trip home in the car or a long trip to the hospital in ambulance. So, what are some ways passengers can keep drivers’ attention on the road?

Two or more peer passengers more than triples the risk of a fatal crash with a teen at the wheel.

In 2011, 933 passengers died in crashes with teens behind the wheel.

The most important thing a passenger can do is SPEAK UP! -Offer to be a designated texter. -Offer to drive (if licensed) if the driver seems to have forgotten to put on her mascara at home. -Sing off key until he slows down. -Don’t be a distraction yourself. Help keep the focus on the wheel and road. Cell phones are criticized for their ability to distract drivers from their most important task; driving, and rightfully so, but let’s not ignore other common driving distractions. Below: Several organizations like TADD, AT&T, and Teens in the Driver Seat encourage teens to take pledges and keep each other accountable on the road.

The graph below shows that no age group is immune to the consequences of driving distracted.

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Community Events: Events Community

Students from 3 high schools in Amory look on as their peer steers off course due to wearing drunk goggles.

Hardy Middle School teachers show students that impaired driving at any age is a huge mistake.

MYHSP staff attend the MOHS occupant protection strategic planning meeting to learn more about Mississippi teens buckling up.

Lion Cubs Boys at Roosevelt Park race to get the entire car buckled up.

Hattiesburg picture here Tawni and Brianna network at the Parents and Kids College Fair in Jackson.

Brianna and Tawni meeting with Tonya Gentry in preparation for SADD Regional Trainings. Alex and De’Marco pose with South Pike school nurse Lytanga Hampton before their presentations begin.

Pontotoc and South Panola students Rock the Belt.


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Community Events Continued:

Sumner Hill Jr. High 9th grade Safety Club learn about Mississippi Youth Highway Safety and the SAB.

Warren Central High School reminds people leaving the school to drive focused!

Pelahatchie Schools host a parent and youth health fair. MYHSP staff share the harms of drinking and driving.

De’Marco taking Sober Selfies with the Pontotoc and South Panola students. #Sobersnapshots

Terry High School students learn about the harms of drinking and driving and the importance of seat belt safety.

Thank you to El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant in Vicksburg, Mississippi for supporting our Super Bowl initiative to remind retailers to not sale alcohol to minors. Mississippians Advocating Against Unhealthy Decisions (MAAUD) provided stickers to the Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs to remind minors to not let alcohol intercept their game!!

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ThinkFast Events Continued:

Alcorn Central High School

Greenville Wesson High School

Enterprise High School

Warren Central High School

Starkville Academy

The MYHSP Team enjoyed partnering with Nissan and the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to take ThinkFast to 25Mississippi Schools!


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Did you know one text can take your eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds?

Did you know seat belts can reduce fatality risk by 45%?

Did you know this team below can help educate, engage, and entertain today’s youth with safe driving skills and fun activities? Call or email your region’s contact today for more

Information! Did we mention our services are free!?!


Tawni Central Mississippi: Tawni Basden, CPM Youth Highway Safety Programs Director 601.933.9197 Brianna Brianna Anderson Youth Highway Safety Programs Youth Outreach Specialist 601.933.9193


Looking for activities to do with teens this summer?


Tawni Basden 601-933-9197 tbasden@

Look no further!! We would love to work with youth in the community this summer, whether it is to focus on decreasing underage drinking or increase seat belt usage. We need their help to decrease youth fatalities in Mississippi!

Brianna Anderson 601-933-9193 Brianna.anderson@

Join club officers from across the state at this FREE conference! Refine your leadership skills. Enhance your knowledge of highway safety issues. Interact with motivational speakers‌and much, MUCH more! September 18, 2014

Alexandria Cantrell 601-933-9191 acantrell@

The mission of the Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs is to decrease youth motor vehicle fatalities and injuries by improving seat belt usage and decreasing impaired driving. If you see a need in your school or community for this mission, please contact us and we will work with you to save lives on Mississippi roads. at book e c a F / us on fety o o Like b ySa .face /www thHighwa / : p t t h iYou ssipp Programs i s s i M


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De’Marco Fomby 601-933-9164 dfomby@

MsYHSP Youthline Jan-March 2014  
MsYHSP Youthline Jan-March 2014