13-Year-Old Tackles Underage Drinking

West Hollow student is chosen to work on MADD's first youth organization.

A West Hollow Middle School student is one of two Long Island teens to be a part of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)’s first youth empowerment organization. 

Sarah Haiken, 13, will serve on MADD’s Power of You(th) National Teen Influencer Group, which discourages alcohol use among children and teens.

According to the MADD, teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year - more than all other illegal drugs combined. Haiken was nominated for the honor based on her significant contributions to underage drinking prevention in the community, stated a press release from the organization.

“It’s truly inspiring to see such passion and enthusiasm among these young people,” said MADD National President Jan Withers. “MADD hopes to work with these teens to harness the Power of You(th) and motivate teens around the country to take a stand against underage drinking.”

In working with MADD, the West Hollow student will provide insight on the creation of an underage drinking prevention initiative that empowers young people to make a difference in their community.

*This article originally stated that Sarah Haiken was chosen from a video contest. She was selected through a nomination process instead.

Tre May 22, 2012 at 05:34 PM
What happened to SADD which was students against drunk driving??
Brian Morrison May 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Please can you send me details of SADD as I am in process of setting up SIR which is Students In Recovery and would like to contact this group SADD if possible. Before I launch SIR can I just check you have not heard of a similar group as I want to get this promoted worldwide but checking there is nothing similar out there. My email is» brian@apssonline.co.uk
Brian Morrison May 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Would be interested in setting up an SADD here in the UK but would like to make contact with the above original SADD which is mentioned
Tre May 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM
When I was in school there was a ground called SADD. You would have to look it up, maybe they do not do it anymore. Though that would be silly since it was great.
Rachel May 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
SADD now stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. It is still fairly popular and there are chapters in several local schools (I went to Cold Spring Harbor and we had a chapter there).


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