Thursday, September 17, 2020

Webinar: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods


Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth
Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods
September 30th, 2020 at 3pm – 4pm EST, 12pm – 1pm PST
Join us for inspiring stories from youth leaders who are working to creating safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the future of our communities and they are taking initiative to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

Webinar participants will hear from two student leaders from the YMCA Changemakers Institute. This is a virtual summer program available to all high school students, including incoming 9th grade students and graduating high school seniors.

Participants will learn how to make meaningful, inclusive, and lasting change in their community while collaborating with youth across the country. During the Institute, participants will prepare, implement, and evaluate a Changemaker Initiative. Each participant develops their initiative by selecting one of the Y’s Areas of Impact, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and then applying their own passions and talent to a specific issue in their community.
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David Fu – Short Hills, New Jersey 

David Fu is a rising sophomore currently living in Short Hills, New Jersey. He lived in Shanghai, China for most of his life before coming to America two years ago. Some of his notable achievements include winning a first-place award in piano competitions. David has also won medals through participating in school sports, such as shot put and sprinting. David has played in several chess tournaments and won a several trophies for being one of the top five players, and occasionally the top player in the tournaments. 

David’s youth initiative is to help improve pedestrian safety within his community. Currently, Davis is helping his community to apply for a grant from Safe Routes to School to build sidewalks and crosswalks for schools in his community.

Jack Kelly – Clifton Park, New York

Jack Kelly is a rising senior at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York. Jack is extremely involved in his school and community, serving as the president of his student senate and debate team, working on the leadership team for his local Youth and Government district, and acting as a chair and student founder of multiple committees on his town. Jack also serves as the state director of operations for Homoglobin, an advocacy group advocating for LGBTQ+ healthcare and education policies as well as blood equivalency. Outside of school, Jack is an avid cellist as well as a lifeguard at his local YMCA.

Jack’s youth initiative will establish a walkability committee in his community. Jack met with a representative from his town and they created a plan for the structure of the committee. He is now recruiting members for the committee and has drafted a 3-month plan for the committee.

Scholarship Opportunity: Don't Text and Drive Scholarship for Youth

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Made possible by Digital Responsibility & Sponsors 

Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a "safety-critical event." The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving.

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Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

Deadline: September 30, 2020 to coincide with September's No Texting while Driving Day.

How we'll select the winner: We'll select the 10 finalists based on the content of the 140-character message. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay.

Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

GHSA: Drugged Driving, Pedestrian Safety and Equity top new GHSA Leader’s Agenda


September 16, 2020
CONTACT: Adrian Nicholas, 202-580-7934,
New York's Chuck DeWeese Elected Leader of GHSA
Drugged Driving, Pedestrian Safety and Equity in Traffic Enforcement
Among Top Agenda Items
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last month at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner of the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, was elected to serve as Chair of GHSA’s Executive Board. DeWeese will serve a one-year term for GHSA, the national nonprofit association of the state and territorial agencies that address behavioral traffic safety issues.

In this role, DeWeese will lead GHSA’s efforts to work towards zero deaths on America’s roadways.

“Even as the state highway safety offices have rebounded from the disruptive impact of the COVID-10 pandemic, GHSA’s members are facing many new and ongoing challenges,” said DeWeese. “While we combat the leading causes of highway fatalities – drunk driving, speeding and lack of seat belt use – we’re also concerned about the traffic safety impacts of marijuana legalization and increased drug-impaired driving, as well as an ongoing surge in pedestrian deaths.”

According to DeWeese, GHSA will also advocate to simplify federal safety programs in the upcoming federal surface transportation reauthorization. “Instead of imposing unnecessary bureaucracy and administrative red tape, especially during a pandemic, we’re calling on Congress to grant states more flexibility for states to implement life-saving programs.”

GHSA has also created a Workgroup on Equity in Traffic Enforcement, led by DeWeese, to identify actions GHSA and the state highway safety offices can take to combat racism and bias in traffic safety enforcement and other criminal justice processes.

“GHSA supports the role of law enforcement in traffic safety, as it is one of the most effective countermeasures for promoting safe driving and holding dangerous drivers accountable,” said DeWeese. “However, state highway safety programs should consider steps to collect data and implement training to eliminate bias, reform enforcement practices, and ensure more diversity and inclusion in the highway safety community.”

DeWeese also noted a priority for GHSA will be the implementation of the Association’s recently approved strategic business plan. The plan was approved by GHSA’s membership late last month and will guide the organization’s activities for the next three years.

A member of the GHSA Executive Board since 2008, DeWeese led the Federal Relations and Annual Planning Meeting Committees before being elected Vice Chair in 2019 and then serving as Chair following a vacancy in March of 2020. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner in New York in 2007, having previously worked for the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 15 years.

Joining DeWeese as GHSA Executive Board Officers are Vice Chair Barbara Rooney, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety; Secretary Lauren Stewart, Director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety; and Treasurer Michael Hanson, Director of the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.
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Resources: The Forward Together Campaign


The Forward Together campaign launched!

Forward Together (previously Healthy Youth Campaign) is an ad campaign for parents, trusted adults, and youth ages 12-17. It’s designed to help young people feel more connected – to peers, parents, and other trusted adults. Research shows that youth who are connected are less likely to smoke, drink, vape, use marijuana, and have feelings of depression. 

Check out our new website:

Here are some resources to help spread the word about the new connectedness campaign:

Forward Together Talking Points & FAQ
Newsletter content to insert into your newsletters
Social media content for your platforms

Forward Together Campaign Background

Historically, Colorado Departments of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Human Services (CDHS) have created separate youth prevention campaigns that are substance-specific. We decided to streamline our youth prevention media campaign efforts and funding sources to create one campaign about connectedness to address multiple health outcomes.

If you have questions about efforts in your community, please contact Sara DeLong, Forward Together Campaign Communications Specialist, CDPHE,

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Opportunity: The 3rd Annual Denver Streets for People Summit

  • The 3rd Annual Denver Streets for People Summit is a locally hosted, globally inspired conference centered on creating safer and more inviting streets and public spaces while reducing car dependency and fighting climate change.
  • Over 4 days of virtual discussion and networking we’ll explore opportunities and resources, consider best practices from around the world and engage decision-makers, implementers and one another towards action that encourages walking, biking, rolling, and taking transit while making Denver’s neighborhoods equitable, healthy and active.
  • Learn more and register now at  Hashtag: #StreetsForPeople
  • If cost is at all a barrier, we invite folks to register via the “Community Scholarship” no-cost ticket price available on an honor system for any potential attendee that needs it.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Learning Opportunities: Transportation Equity Listening Sessions



Road to Zero


Road to Zero Launches Equity in Transportation Safety Series

The Road to Zero Coalition is excited to announce an upcoming series of listening sessions exploring the intersection of equity and transportation safety. These Equity in Transportation Safety sessions, sponsored by Uber, are designed to begin work to recognize and address the questions and challenges facing the transportation safety sector. Each session is designed to provide information and context around a specific topic, followed by an opportunity to take part in a discussion that will inform and shape the work of the Coalition going forward. Join Road to Zero Coalition members, industry experts and advocates to listen, learn and engage on these important topics.


Session #1: Road to Zero and Transportation Equity: An Opportunity to Learn, Engage, and Act
Date/Time: Sept. 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific

Join the Road to Zero Coalition as we kick off the Equity in Transportation Safety listening sessions! This session will feature a discussion as to why we are hosting the series and provide important context on the intersection of transportation safety and equity. Attendees will have an opportunity to take part in a moderated question and answer following short introductory presentations.



Session #2: Connecting Prioritizing Safety with Transportation Equity
Date/Time: Sept. 22, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific

The Road to Zero Prioritizing Safety Committee has worked for over a year developing a roadmap of how to implement and incorporate this pillar into transportation. Now, the group is ready to put the roadmap into action and has identified three priorities to accomplish this, including connecting the prioritizing safety efforts with transportation equity. This session will discuss the importance of an equity lens in safe systems and explore ways to make sure equity is at the foundation of our safety culture.



Session #3: The Safety Premium: Designing for Equity in Vehicles and Beyond
Date/Time: Sept. 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific

New technology holds much promise in improving safety and accessibility for road users. How do we make sure that this technology is developed and deployed with the best interests of community members? Too often, safety features on vehicles are options and not available to all drivers, and new technology is not deployed equitably throughout communities that need it most. This session will explore how to make sure that technology is benefiting all road users and how to prioritize development of new technology that will address transportation safety disparities.



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