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Northern Lights SADD’s Issue 1 Fall 2011 NL Like our newsletter's redesign? Let us know what you think! e Comment on the story at www. Th nlsadd.com or on our facebook page! Welcoming the New School Year Northern Lights SADD is very excited also reaching out to younger students challenging their communities to get as we enter into the new school year, and their communities and networking behind them in their efforts to reduce one which promises to be the most with other chapters. these risks to health, safety and overall important and most ambitious year in well-being. the history of Northern Lights SADD. The student members of our Northern Lights Advisory Board, or NLAB, are The vision statement of the parent With additional staff, we will be a particularly ambitious group this nonprofit of NL SADD, Northern providing more direct services to our year. They have been reaching out to Lights Youth Services, is “youth SADD members and chapter advisors. their friends in other schools that do realizing their potential.” We are We have already developed and sent not currently have SADD chapters and definitely ramping up our efforts out a new chapter manual, the feedback arranging presentations by NL SADD this year to help us accomplish that from which has been very positive. staff. They have been on the road to goal. This manual provides guidelines and attend events held by other chapters. suggestions for all of our chapters and They are making presentations introduces a new “star” chapter rating to community groups. They have Devon Cote gives a look at system, which encourages chapters to formed committees to work on special the men of SADD, and High attain certain criteria to be recognized projects. In short, the NLAB members Risk High North Dakota has a ge as a top-tier chapter. Chapters in the are dedicated and passionate, and 2 facebook giveaway for you to pa top tiers will be addressing a wide determined to make a difference. take advantage of! range of issues in their schools, but Finally, the 2011-2012 school year is Hannah Schlosser recaps the the year that the thousands of student 2011 National SADD Conference members in the NL SADD network in Chicago, and 2011-2012 NL ge will be encouraged to speak out 3 SADD Student of the Year Carrie pa Sandstrom’s shares her views. and be catalysts for change in their schools and communities, as part of a Tori Rude suggests that everyone new initiative that you will be seeing gets involve for this new and and hearing about very soon. Our exciting school year for Northern ge students will be addressing issues like 4 Lights SADD. Check out what’ll pa suicide, alcohol and drug use, tobacco, be in the next issue of The NL. bullying, and more. They will be Want free prizes for being There are many different labels for an online social network people involved in fiend? Check out the story SADD – some more positive than others. below for details. The ones that you don’t hear about as High Risk High: often are the ones for the males. Youth Drinking in North NLAB members Jacob Sommerfeld and Tate Nelson Dakota The Men of SADD by Devon Cote A recent survey by NL SADD staff found A fellow male NLAB member, Tate C. there is approximately one guy to every Nelson, shared his thoughts with me. “I three females in SADD. This interesting feel that I need to serve as a positive role and somewhat troubling statistic should model in my school so that any male can have light shed on it. look up to me.” I believe that any one of us males would agree with him. High Risk High: Youth Drinking in Even though only 25 percent of SADD North Dakota is a project of Prairie students are male, I believe some of the I think that there Public aimed at raising awareness strongest leaders and role models can is a point in about the dangers of youth drinking. come from this group. I have met some of everyone’s life You can view the project at www. them and I have seen the impact they have. were they want highriskhigh.org, where you will to be respected. find many different resources and While on the Northern Lights Advisory My friend and stories to spread the word about Board (NLAB), a group of students who fellow SADD the dangers of underage alcohol direct SADD activities throughout the member Sam consumption. region, I have had the opportunity to get Schultz agrees. acquainted with three other male board “At any point, NLABer Tate Stroup Recently, the project has breached members. We have a lot in common: we someone can the world of social media, using participate in sports, we heavily believe in look up to you; do you want them to see Facebook as a way to allow teens SADD and we have each had an experience you as a good role model or a bad one?” to chat about alcohol-related issues to steer us away from a negative path in he said. in a non-threatening manner. Two life. groups, High Risk High- High If you are wondering how to boost male School and High Risk High- College, In my life, it’s been easy to make the enrollment in your SADD chapter, just were created as a vehicle for open right choices regarding drugs and alcohol get that first male to join and the rest of conversation. Anyone is welcome because I have seen what can happen to a the guys with those beliefs should follow. to join these groups and discussion family when alcohol is introduced. I don’t Otherwise, if you need an attractive stat to is aimed at looking at the issues want to lead my own family down that coax them to join, just mention the three- involved with underage drinking path someday. girls-to-every-guy ratio. from all angles, free of judgement. The groups are seeking your story about the downside of drinking, Get to know: The ‘11-’12 Northern Lights Advisory Board is: The NLAB from coping with a friend or parent Tori Rude and Devon Cote (Hillsboro, ND), who drinks to much to something Andi Gleason and Amanda Martin (Dakota from your personal experience with Prairie HS), Nicole Schonauer (Adams, ND), drinking. Take a camera or phone The 2011-2012 Northern Karlie Matejcek and Madison Sloan (Lakota, and record a video of you sharing Lights Advisory Board ND), Katie Demester (New Rockford, ND), your story about why people should Courtney Aarseth (Bishop-Ryan HS), Rachel think twice before getting drunk; Anderson (Williston, ND), Hannah Schlosser once you upload it to the group (Mandan, ND), Carrie Sandstrom and Jacob you’ll automatically be entered to Sommerfeld (Bismarck Century), Tate Stroup win a Best Buy gift card. and Jardy Wasmoen (Redfield, SD), and Tate Nelson (Pelican Rapids, MN). So search the group, grab a camera, and join the conversation. Passport to adventure: Chicago-style by Hannah Schlosser THE SOY CORNER by Carrie Sandstrom We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got his lower body paralyzed at a young age. spirit! How about you? Eddie Slowikowski, who spoke at the You make millions line the separates 2010 NL SADD conference, taught us of decisions in right and wrong This summer, 32 Northern Lights SADD all to dance and gave presentations that your life and the is drawn in the members, advisors and chaperones were, yet again, something to remember. sum of those sand with a thin embarked on a 14-hour bus trip with high decisions adds stick. Those up to who you tough choices hopes of yet another fantastic year at the Wishing you had gone yet? are as a person. are made easier SADD national conference in Chicago. Even the most though when The evenings were just as phenomenal. minuscule choices your friends are This year’s conference theme was “Taste Of Chicago” tours invited everyone contribute to there to help you “Passport To Adventure,” and the to experience rich history, diversity, the type of life make them. conference was exactly that, with 500 and cuisine. A riverboat tour allowed you live and the type of individual That’s where students in attendance. attendees to appreciate city architecture. you become. SADD comes in. Another evening, a trip to the Navy Pier Sometimes the When asked to describe this experience left many with an abundance of pictures choices are easy, In life you’ll face like whether or difficult decisions in a nutshell, Hillsboro’s Elli Lemm and breath- taking views. of every variation. responded, “Life-changing.” not you want to wear a coat in the But you don’t The SLC also sought some of the most middle of winter, have to face them Conference emcee Craig Tornquist, well-behaved, yet outgoing states and sometimes not alone. In SADD was excited to return to yet another individuals that went above and beyond so much, like you have a group where you want of individuals SADD national conference. Wonderful to make this conference extraordinary. who believe in workshops presented by the National to college. Those North Dakota’s own Andi Gleason won choices are the same things SADD Student Leadership Council the conference’s SADD-tastic student! important- they you do. Who (SLC) included topics like increasing Overall, Indiana won the 2011 Spirit affect where you understand the membership, promoting government Stick. We’ll be sure to try again next year; go in life and your importance of physical being making positive bills that involve youth and fundraising we’ve definitely got a fighting chance. decisions and and surroundings. strategies. Motivational speakers such who can help as Kevin Brooks moved many with his In the long run, the SADD national There are more open your eyes to tragic story of a horrible accident that left conference was a five-star adventure! important you potential. decisions. So go forth and See, sometimes choose wisely, for you’re called as Dumbledore Have Social media; will tweet upon to make choices that once told young Harry in the define what you popular Harry believe. Choices Potter series, “It that reflect your is our choices. ... character and that show who your morals. And we truly are.” for some reason those important choices never seem to be easy. Carrie Sandstrom For some reason, of Bismarck is the choices the 2011-2012 that deal with Northern Lights facebook.com/nlsadd twitter.com/nlabers youtube.com/nlsadd principle tend to SADD Student of twitter.com/nlsadd be murky and the the Year a Familiar face A motivation proclamation Returns Amanda Allen may be the new Field Services Director at Northern Lights SADD, but she has been involved since her days at Minot High School. Allen was very active in her school and community, and served on the 2005-2006 Northern Lights Advisory School gets stressful, Board. She also participated in but a motivated effort BreakDown, and even developed to open your SADD and directed a BreakDown group chapter’s year can based out of Minot, N.D., which performed at multiple locations.. make a huge impact. by Tori Rude She graduated from Concordia Here we are at the beginning of yet When deciding your methods, be creative. (Moorhead, Minn.) in 2010 with a another school year. Along with the start Try membership weeks, fun activities, degree in sociology. of fall sports, the changing of seasons and community suppers, presentations, or starting to receive too much homework, anything you can use to get the word out. Though our SADD year is just taking off. What Just because it hasn’t been done before college, better time for a membership push than doesn’t mean it won’t work. jobs, and when the fun is just getting started? internships Make use of your resources. Useful kept her There are many ways to increase your information can be found on the Northern very busy, membership and many important ideas to Lights online database, found at www. Amanda remember if you want to be successful. nlsadd.com/activities. Northern Lights remained Every chapter is different, so it is important Field Services Director Amanda Allen also v e r y to decide which methods will be best for has access to many tools that will help you involved your school. reach your membership goals. She can be w i t h reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. SADD’s Before searching for members, one must Allen efforts. decide how a chapter should be perceived. Increasing membership isn’t a walk in the Northern Lights SADD Student of the Year park. Not everybody is going to want to Amanda hopes to continue making a Carrie Sandstrom says, “Part of promoting join, and some people might need a little difference in Northern Lights SADD membership is promoting the organization convincing. Sitting on the couch (see and promote its message throughout as a whole - not as a club, but a way of below) watching reruns of 90210 and That the region’s communities. life.” 70’s Show aren’t going to do the job. Don’t be passive; get out there and do work. “Youth can make such a huge Once you are ready to begin recruiting, positive impact on current issues,” don’t forget to target diverse groups of she said. “SADD is a means through people. Not only does this show that which they can make this realization SADD accepts everyone and judges none, and start creating this change.” but it becomes likely that more kids will hear about SADD and what it is about. How does she know this? you might ask Check out the next “SADD’s message has been a part issue of NL C o m i n g J a n u a ry ‘1 2 e of me personally for years and Th has helped me figure out what is (Available for download at www.nlsadd.com) important to me and how to make a meaningful difference,” she added. In the next issue of The NL, we will recap major news from Fall SADD “Now look at me: I’m Field Services activities as well as give you a preview of the upcoming 2012 Northern Lights Director! Woot!” SADD conference. Amanda enjoys theatre, music, Keep checking the Facebook page (facebook.com/nlsadd) and nlsadd.com for volunteering and traveling. up-to-date news. Have a great school year!
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