RUTLAND-Five students from the Rutland area, representing their schools' SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter went to a three day-long Youth Advisory Committee training which was held at the Killington Grand Hotel. The five area students were part of a group of about 40 students.
The students, Youth Advisory Committee members, act as liaisons from their school's SADD Chapter to the statewide organization. The Youth Advisory Committee members receive specialized training in leadership, running a chapter, SADD programs, the yearly calendar of events, and issues that are of importance to students.
The highlighted special issues this time were Internet and cell telephone safety and a discussion about the minimum drinking age. Students also participated in a presentation by the National Guard's Family Support Unit. Vermont's SADD members will be taking on the cause on a statewide basis and will raise funds or items for the families of Vermont National Guard members.
The participating students, who are leaders in their respective school communities, included Taylor Trombley, a sophomore from Proctor High School, Emily Turgeon, from Castleton, a junior at Fair Haven Union High School, Alex Beda of Bridgewater, a sophomore from Woodstock Union High School, Erika Stocker of Wallingford, a senior from Stafford Technical Center, and Vicky Stone of Pittsford, a first-year student at Castleton State College.
Castleton State College started a SADD Chapter; SADD college chapters are now being started all over the country. SADD is the largest program for youth leadership development, and promoting positive lifestyles; there are over 10,000 SADD chapters.