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You’ve come to the right place to find helpful info and prevention tools on tough topics, including traffic safety, bullying, teen suicide and substance abuse. You’ll also find links to some of Cara’s favorite prevention speakers, fundraising resources and more!

TRAFFIC SAFETY

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: The AAA Foundation spreads the word about safe driving to prevent crashes and help new drivers understand the risks about driving.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: Consumer, healthy and safety groups and insurance companies formed this alliance to make America’s roads safer.

Arrive Alive: A great resource for safe and defensive driving guides and techniques.

Car Control: Enroll in a Car Control clinic to learn how to avoid accidents in the future. Unlike standard Driver’s Ed, Car Control teaches drivers what to do in the seconds preceding a crash.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Motor Vehicle Safety: The CDC focuses on improving seat belt use, reducing impaired driving and helping teen drivers. Check out their fact sheet on teen drivers!

Countdown2: Drive: Parents and teens can use this site together to create passenger agreements, set a healthy tone for driving and start building trust around driving.

Every 15 Minutes Program: Every 15 minutes, a person dies due to an alcohol-related collision. This site is an educational experience that highlights the dangers of driving while distracted or impaired.

Fatal Vision Goggles: This popular prevention tool simulates impairment for wearers, teaching them about the dangers of alcohol misuse and abuse.

Governors Highway Safety Administration: The GHSA represents the highway safety offices of all 50 states and creates programs to address impaired driving, speeding and other highway safety issues.

Kids and Cars: This group raises awareness about the dangers of leaving children unsupervised in and around motor vehicles.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Established in 1970, the NHTSA is dedicated to preventing motor vehicle crashes and reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from crashes. They have a special section just for teen drivers!

National Institute for Driver Behavior: Learn all about preventive habits to reduce and eliminate driving risks.

National Transportation Safety Board: An independent federal agency, the NTSB investigates car crashes in the US and creates safety recommendations to prevent them from happening in the future.

RADD: The entertainment industry’s voice for road safety spreads a positive, hip message about safe driving.

SafeKids Worldwide Motor Vehicle Safety Fact Sheet: Discover the latest statistics about car-related deaths and injuries from this fact sheet.

Stay Alive From Education (SAFE): SAFE’s Street Smart presentation takes audiences into the dramatic experience of paramedics and firefighters who work to save the lives of people who made poor decisions when it comes to driving. Students walk away knowing what it feels like to attempt to save a life, and what it feels like to be the victim.

Teens Drive Smart: New drivers can find tons of great advice on this site, including info on seasonal driving, driving at night, driving with friends and texting while driving.

ALCOHOL & DRUGS

Above the Influence: Created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, Above the Influence helps teen stand up to negative influences and deal with the pressure to use alcohol and drugs.

Be the Wall Campaign: Be the Wall provides powerful tools to help parents prevent underage drinking.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth: CAMY highlights the role marketing plays in underage drinking and encourages discussion, criticism and public concern about alcohol marketing to young people.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America: The CADCA unites anti-drug coalitions from around the country and world to make communities more safe, healthy and drug-free.

Just Think Twice: If you think drugs won’t affect your present or future, think again. Visit this site to learn more about the consequences of using drugs.

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free: Join the conversation on underage drinking, find state data and connect with others to make a difference.

Lock Your Meds: This national campaign builds awareness for the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by young people. The site is filled with resources, including educational materials, interactive games, presentations and a Lock Your Meds Pledge.

NIDA for Teens: Learn about the science behind drug abuse from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. You won’t find any preaching here, but you will find science-based facts about the way drugs affect the body and brain. Use the info to make healthy decisions!

Partnership for a Drug Free America: You’ll find a wealth of info here, including tools and opportunities to prevent drug abuse by young adults and teens.

Red Ribbon Campaign: Red Ribbon Week is the largest and oldest drug prevention program in the United States. Held from October 23-31 each year, it is a great time for people and communities to work together and take a stand against drugs.

BULLYING

Bullying Statistics: Learn the truth about bullying and get the info you need to prevent this growing problem in your school and community.

Stop Bullying: Visit this site to learn more about bullying, who is at risk and the steps you can take to prevent bullying.

Teens Against Bullying: Sponsored by the Pacer Center, this site helps students identify, respond to and stop bullying.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

The ABCs of a Healthy Relationship: from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Talking to Your Teen About Healthy Relationships: from the Department of Health and Human Services

SUICIDE PREVENTION

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Through research, education and advocacy, the AFSP works to prevent suicide and connect people with local support groups, chapters and events.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: To connect with trained, skilled counselors in your area anytime (24/7!!), call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP): Dedicated to reducing youth suicide attempts and deaths, the YSPP builds public awareness, offers school curricula and trainings and supports communities to save young lives.

ORGANIZATIONS

FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America promotes personal growth and leadership development to young people in schools across the country.

MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving works to stop drunk driving, prevent underage drinking and support victims of drunk driving.

National Association of Student Councils: For over 80 years, the NASC has helped student councils become the best organizations they can be. The NASC connects students with leadership opportunities to help them create a positive school climate.

SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions helps students set healthy, safe courses for their lives through prevention tools and peer education. You’ll find lots of info here about underage drinking, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, teen suicide and more.

FUNDRAISING

The Community Tool Box: Free info on essential skills for creating change and improvement.

The Fundraising Authority: Tools and info detailing every aspect of fundraising.

The Foundation Center: Established in 1956, the Foundation Center provides a wealth of information about philanthropy, including an extensive library of info on fundraising skills and identifying potential sponsors.

Fundraiser Insight: Collection of fundraising ideas and articles.

Fundsnet Services: A resource database about philanthropy, fundraising and grants.

Green Schools Initiative: A collection of green fundraising tips to raise money with minimal environmental impact.

The Learning Center Network for Good: Free online fundraising resources for nonprofits.

PTO Today’s Fundraising Page: Info on fundraising strategies and planning from the Parent Teacher Organization.

MORE PREVENTION SPEAKERS

The Drive to Save Lives Tour: Founded by Cara Filler, the Drive to Save Lives Tour is a hand-picked group of powerful prevention speakers on a mission to help teens live safer, healthier, more positive lives. The DTSL speakers tackle tough topics, including bullying, substance abuse, impaired and reckless driving, self esteem, distracted driving and depression, with passion, humor and honesty.

Kevin Brooks: A leading speaker on impaired driving, suicide prevention and overcoming obstacles, Kevin is living proof that one bad choice can change lives forever. Speaking from his wheelchair, Kevin shares his life-altering story with humor and a unique style of motivation that will leave a lasting impression on students.

Natalie Ehmka: By sharing her story of survival and powerful take-aways, Natalie empowers students to make healthy dating choices and respect and support each other.

Jake French: Living proof of what is possible, Jake engages audiences from his wheelchair with his dynamic presentation on alcohol abuse, bullying and hope.

Adam Brooks: Adam has a passion for speaking, training and teaching people how to be their very best. As a leading speaker on healthy body image, self esteem, eating disorders and bullying, Adam connects with students and provides real-life strategies for healthy communication with each other and with themselves.

Kathi Sullivan: Kathi’s 17-year old daughter drowned after a night of binge drinking. Today, Kathi shares her story to enlighten students about the consequences of poor choices and underage drinking. Her openness, honesty and powerful takeaways will not soon be forgotten by audiences.

Vanessa Van Edwards: A leading expert on parenting and adolescents, Vanessa takes a unique approach with students when she talks about being safe online, cyberbullying, digital plagiarism and more.

Barry Adkins: Barry lost his teenage son to alcohol poisoning and has impacted countless lives by sharing his compelling presentation. With his son’s ashes in his backpack, Barry walked from Arizona to Montana, and he inspires with his powerful takeaways and enthralling delivery.

Dr. Joan Rosenberg: A highly regarded psychologist and innovative thinker, Dr. Rosenberg guides students to reach their highest potential by helping them create and sustain the changes they want and need. Her life-changing ideas help students stay strong in the face of depression, relationship difficulties, eating and addiction related problems and other issues.

Fabian Ramirez: Fabian is the top choice when it comes to bullying, drug abuse and suicide prevention. He harnesses the Golden Rule in a unique way to teach kids to respond to others with love and kindness, and thousands of students benefit from his bullying prevention program each year.

Matt Bellace: Over a million young people have learned to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices thanks to Matt Bellace, Ph.D. Matt’s unique combination of motivation and humor makes him a favorite of audiences of any age or size.

Harriet Turk: One of the country’s top motivational speakers, Harriet helps both students and professionals make choices that create positive actions. Her thought-provoking “take charge” programs inspire and energize!

Bobby Petrocelli: Bobby helps audiences around the country understand the power of their decisions and teaches them how to build stronger foundations for their lives. He shares his dramatic story of fighting through darkness after his wife was killed by a drunk driver, and is one of the top presenters in the field.

Scott Backovich: Scott is an advocate that teens can trust. He speaks at their level, his lessons inspire, his stories connect and his advice sticks.

Patrick George: For over 20 years, Patrick has inspired students to believe in themselves, go after their dreams and become extraordinary leaders in their schools and communities.

Josh Drean: Drawing on his psychology background and experience as a school mascot, Josh delivers a powerful and engaging bullying presentation that gives students the skills and strategies they need to stop bullying.