By: Charlene Sligting, National Safety Council
Charlene Sligting is the Victim Advocate for the National Safety Council. Charlene manages the HEARTS Network, which provides a national platform for victims of teen driving crashes who want to share their stories to help reduce crashes and keep teens safe behind the wheel. HEARTS, which stands for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors, is managed by the National Safety Council and initiated in part by The Allstate Foundation.
Dear families and friends,
New Year’s resolutions are typically about self-improvement. In fact, more than 40 percent of Americans resolved to some form of self-improvement in the coming year. For those of you who want to develop your skills to be a stronger advocate for safe driving, consider attending the Advocates for Safe Roads Workshop.
We, as impacted families, have such incredible messages to share with others. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be nerve racking, especially if you lack confidence in your skills. The HEARTS Network and FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving are hosting the Advocates for Safe Roads Workshop this April to educate and train impacted families. The two-day workshop provides opportunities to meet other impacted families, traffic safety experts, community professionals, and National Safety Council and FocusDriven staff. We also will share how to craft stories in compelling ways.
We say it all the time at NSC – education alone isn’t enough. Personal stories connect with people on a visceral level. Your stories do make a difference and we are happy you have chosen to engage with the HEARTS Network.