Personal stories have the power to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors, especially when combined with compelling data and presented in ways that connect with people on a visceral level. Many find sharing their loved one’s story to be part of the healing process. Others find peace in knowing that their story could save another family the heartache theirs has endured.
Many teen driving crash victims or their family members have shared their desire to get involved. While getting involved can mean different things to different people, there are three areas where we feel we can have the greatest impact:
- Educating the public and key influencers
- Engaging the media to keep the issue in the spotlight
- Working with elected officials to get cell phone distracted driving laws passed
The purpose of the workshop is to help those affected by teen and cell phone distracted driving crashes develop the skills needed to educate communities, key influencers and others about safe driving practices. Our objectives for the 2-day workshop are to:
- Create a nationwide cadre of survivor advocates who speak about teen and distracted driving in a unified voice
- Enable team building and face-to-face connection with each other
- Provide training on specific skills to better enable effective advocacy
The workshop is designed to help advocates find teachable moments within their stories, build media skills and share how to seek legislation.
While the workshop is free to attend, we are asking that attendees cover their own travel expenses (hotel, airline tickets, etc).
This event is for teen and cell phone distracted driving crash victims and their families only.