Northern Lights SADD’s Issue 1 Fall 2011
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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
as a top-tier chapter. Chapters in the are dedicated and passionate, and
2 facebook giveaway for you to
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
will be encouraged to speak out
3 SADD Student of the Year Carrie
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
students will be addressing issues like
4 Lights SADD. Check out what’ll
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
So go forth and
See, sometimes choose wisely, for
you’re called as Dumbledore
Have Social media; will tweet upon to make
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
Check out the next
“SADD’s message has been a part
NL C o m i n g J a n u a ry ‘1 2
of me personally for years and
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!