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Joining TADD

There are two ways a teenager can join TADD. If you already have a TADD Chapter in your school, feel free to contact any member or the faculty advisor for information. TADD is open to all students at your school and is actively seeking new members all the time.

If there is not a TADD group at your school you may want to start one. To accomplish this just follow these few steps:

 

1. Get together with interested students and discuss TADD and the possibility of bringing it to your school. Get a commitment from some students to start up the group.

 

2. Inform your school principal of your intentions. Check to see if anyone in the school’s administration or faculty is interested in being your faculty advisor.

 

3. Contact TADD’s Executive Director, Tania LeBlanc by phone at (506) 851-9884 or by email at contact@taddnb.ca.

4. Select officers for your group— president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer. You may find that additional officers may facilitate your group’s functioning, depending on the size of your membership. Remember, these officers are your executive and are responsible for planning your group meetings and events. It is necessary that they be well organized in order for your group to function effectively. It is also suggested that the executive meet before any group meeting to plan the agenda and other particulars. This will help keep your meetings short and on topic.

 

5. Conduct a TADD day to launch your new group. Have a school assembly with guest speakers, an audio-visual presentation, etc. Invite the media and parents to attend. Be sure to have available literature about TADD and its goals, and circulate a sign-up sheet. Remember, TADD is open to all students in your school and is actively seeking new members.

 

People like to be asked. Your best advertising is word of mouth. Talk it up!!

 

6. The First Meeting should be informal and used as an ice breaker and brainstorming session. Have name tags and allow time for everyone to meet. Thank everyone for attending and explain the objective is to raise awareness among students as to the dangers of impaired driving.

 

7. Organize TADD meetings to conduct the group’s business and activities. Ask the group for their ideas. Some of the group may have connections to someone who can help the group. For example, doctors, lawyers, police officers, EMTs, etc. These people can make great guest speakers. Use whatever resources are available to you to further the cause.

 

Just like your school body, your TADD membership will be made up of different people with individual needs. Not everyone wants to be a member of the executive and maybe everyone will not want to be involved in all your activities. There will probably be some members who would prefer to just attend meetings and say little or nothing. Do not worry about this or about having small numbers of teens attending meetings. The important thing to remember is to offer involvement to everyone. Some people just want to be asked to do something. When planning an event be sure to delegate the responsibilities. The president or the executive cannot do everything by themselves. Involve your group members whenever possible and ask for their input and ideas.

 

If you find that you are short of helping hands feel free to ask non-members to participate. They may join after the event. If they do not join, at least they may have received the TADD message. They may remember this and tell their friends. Eliminating the impaired driver is not just the role of the police or TADD—it is everyone’s responsibility.