In 2010, LYP Services, home of Louisiana SADD, closed, and Mrs. LeBlanc quickly noticed a void in prevention resources and programs for youth. From 2010 to 2012, several organizations and leaders scattered across Louisiana worked to keep SADD active at the state level by organizing youth conferences. Conflicting schedules and long distances made regular meetings impossible. A lack of state funding prohibited meaningful training and programming at the state level, and a yearly conference did not replace a state organization.
History of the Mission
SADD is a national organization that was founded in 1981. Originally, the mission was to help young people say "No" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. For years research has shown that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for students' lives.
That is why SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has become the nation's premier youth health and safety organization. SADD is dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
Where It All Began
SADD in Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish SADD was born from the success of a local chapter at Denham Springs High School, JADD (Jackets Against Destructive Decisions). Mrs. Elise LeBlanc served as the chapter's sponsor for 30 years and dedicated her time and talents to the school's club. In her spare time, she spent countless hours working with teenagers to make a difference in the community while promoting a drug-free lifestyle. Under Mrs. LeBlanc's leadership and guidance, many of her students advanced to serve in leadership roles at the state and national levels.
Mrs. LeBlanc decided that if there would no longer be statewide resources, she would start by bridging the gap in her community. In April 2013, Mrs. LeBlanc proposed organizing and founding Livingston Parish SADD to Penny Wells (former SADD National Executive Director). Wells supported the idea, and LP SADD was born. Mrs. LeBlanc, along with Dylan Ivy, her mentee and former student, began the formalized process of starting a nonprofit. Louisiana Youth Advisors DBA Livingston Parish SADD is a standalone 501(c)3 charitable organization which offers SADD programming to the community.
Today, Mrs. LeBlanc continues to serve as a guiding force for our organization as our Board President. Her involvement with SADD has transpired across generations. Her servant's heart has impacted thousands of lives, and her dream continues to live on daily through LP SADD's mission-driven work.
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