Mission: The mission of impact teen drivers is to help teens reduce their risk of being involved in auto crashes, particularly those caused by everyday distractions and inexperienced decision making.
Programs: Education: impact teen drivers fund (itd) is dedicated to saving lives by providing awareness and education about the no. 1 killer of teens in america - reckless and distracted driving. In mid-2007, the california association of highway patrolmen, california teachers association, and california casualty came together in a unique partnership to create impact teen drivers, organized for the purpose of providing awareness and education to teens, parents, and community members about all facets of responsible driving, with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths suffered by teen drivers as a result of distracted driving and poor decision making. Providing evidence-based education and training for first responders, health professionals, and educators regarding the impact teen drivers program and its educational materials.
research: impact teen drivers will design and implement quality program evaluation and supporting research studies to measure effectiveness of our programs and components, as well as facilitate other research opportunities for supporting teen safe driving efforts which may further our mission.
I got involved with Impact Teen Drivers almost 5 years ago (at the very beginning of the organization!) because I lost friends to car crashes in high school. I helped in the office before I moved away from the headquarters city. I still help at community events, such as at high school presentations, safety fairs, and education conferences that are around my area. The Impact Teen Drivers staff and volunteers are so incredibly energetic and dedicated to the cause! I have stuck around for so long because I work with people who care about saving lives and who are passionate about reaching out to teens about the most dangerous thing they do- drive. Executive Director Kelly Browning is so, so motivated and creative on how to continue to be relevant and fresh where many non-profits become stagnant. Education Outreach Coordinator Martha Tessmer lost her son to reckless and distracted driving. She is incredibly inspirational to both the volunteers/staff and the teens and parents she interacts with. I have learned so much about running a non-profit, public relations, and just life as a whole from all the staff/volunteers. I know I have changed lives and driving behaviors while working with Impact Teen Drivers!