About LP SADD
Livingston Parish SADD was chartered to fill the void created when LYP Services, home of LA SADD, closed in 2010. From 2010-2012 several organizations and people 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 was not replacing a state organization. In April, 2013, Elise LeBlanc proposed organizing Livingston Parish SADD to Penny Wells, SADD National Executive Director.
Wells supported the idea and LP SADD was born.
LP SADD supports the growth and development of SADD chapters across the parish and promotes awareness of youth issues in the population at large. LP SADD assists chapters with education, prevention materials, and programming. LP SADD also distributes a newsletter, hosts a Web site, and sponsors a Teen Advisory Board.
History of SADD
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say "No" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
SADD's mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.