MACON — Students from South Effingham High School came together Feb. 21 and 22 to join the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at the 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference at the Macon Centreplex.
The conference, which was attended by approximately 250 students and advisors from more than 40 high schools and colleges across Georgia, was designed to bring together student-advocates of highway safety and focus on new ways to communicate life-saving ideas to their fellow high school and college students. It was kicked off with the nationally-recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life program, an initiative started by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association to teach newly-licensed drivers beyond the traditional driver’s education courses.
“We were happy to include South Effingham High School in this year’s conference,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This conference lets us appeal directly to the students to brainstorm new ways of saving young lives. We lose far too many teens to traffic deaths every year, and these students can help change that.”
GOHS launched the annual youth safety conference concept approximately 10 years ago to spread the important messages of buckling up, slowing down behind the wheel, not drinking and driving and eliminating driving distractions.
With a theme of “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,” this year’s conference included hundreds of students from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters all over Georgia.
The conference lines up local and nationally recognized motivational speakers and presented workshops targeted specifically for high school and college students. Special exhibitors were also on hand to help spread the targeted message of safety to all participants.