Showing posts with label working with teens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label working with teens. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Youth Leader Spotlight: Jocelyn Hernandez

Each month we will be recognizing a youth leader in the field of motor vehicle and community safety. We're proud to begin this series with our very own Youth Adviser, Jocelyn Hernandez. 

IN HER OWN WORDSI'm currently in my third year at Johnson & Wales working on my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. I want to be a law enforcement officer once I graduate. Currently I am the Youth Advisor for the Sexual Violence Prevention unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and for the Tony Grampsas Youth Services program at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In my position I have over 90 grantees total that I visit to provide a youth perspective. I go though their quarterly reports and give back feedback on what they're doing great, and what they can improve on. In this position I have also been able to create a Positive Youth Development (PYD) tool, give PYD trainings, participate in grants, and be a part of forums to better the relationship between young people and police officers in the Denver Metro area. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Think Fast Teen Program

Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Tuesday, March 15, 7 - 8 p.m. 
2nd Floor Conference Center | Mt. Yale

This free event will help equip teens and their parents with the tools to begin a dialogue about safe driving and distractions.

Join us early, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a variety of activities including our #protectyourselfie photo booth and chat with teen driving experts

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Penn Research Shows

From: PennNews

What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together.

Specifically, the 16- to 18-year-olds were examining distracted driving, one of seven such conversations that took place with 30 teens. “We like to think about it as driver inattention,” said Catherine McDonald, assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and in the Perelman School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. “We think about inattention relative to their hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on the task of driving.”

McDonald, who led the study and is also part of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at theChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia, along with Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers, the Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Penn Nursing, conducted the focus groups during summer 2014 and then analyzed what they learned. They published their findings in the journal Traffic Injury Preventionand in October, presented them at the annual Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine conference.

Their ultimate goal, what they’re working on now, is to develop an intervention to keep teens safe on the roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes kill more teens each year than anything else.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Teens With ADHD Are 4 Times More Likely To Be In Car Accident Than Non-ADHD Peers

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

According to a press release on PRNewswire, the book also gives parents advice on how to deal with the anxiety that comes with handing the car keys to a teen.

"We believe every parent and young teen in America should have access to this book," explains co-author John Harmata. "In particular, parents of children with ADHD should start instilling the lessons of good driving as early as age 13 or 14. Our book covers what driver's education leaves out, such as handling bad weather or night driving, maintaining a vehicle and navigating the traffic court system."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How EMS can help end distracted driving in 2015

From: EMS1
Kids lead the way on behavior change
"Dad, where is our fire extinguisher?" my 7-year-old asked as she burst through the door after school.
"Under the kitchen sink," I said.
"Is it still good?” she asked. “The firefighters told me to check as soon as I got home."
We looked at the extinguisher and confirmed it was  functional and up-to-date.
An hour later, in the middle of dinner, "Dad we need to practice our fire escape plan. Right now. The firefighter told us to practice the plan tonight at dinner. What is our escape plan?"
As instructed ─ because who can put off a child that wants to prepare for an emergency ─ we pushed away from the table, leaving our meal half-eaten, and drilled our home fire escape plan. The firefighters, highly respected by my children, empowered my son and daughter with a specific call to action to practice a behavior.
My kids repeat this routine - fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and fire escape plan - every October after the firefighters visit their school. The firefighters give the kids knowledge and a script to use at home saying something like, "When you get home tonight - first thing - ask your parents where the fire extinguishers is kept." The kids dutifully follow the instructions and as a family we have a great fire safety review.
EMS, police, and fire can change distracted driving behavior
EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, please engage the children that come to your stations and tour your ambulances, cruisers, and fire apparatus. Lead the campaign to change the dangerous behavior of driving while distracted.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit in Washington, DC

October 18-21, 2014, NOYS will host the fifth annual Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit in Washington, DC. NOYS believes that effective programs are teen-led and teen-informed. We see the need to convene, train, and empower youth leaders to address the issue of distracted driving and have accomplished three successful years hosting the Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit.

Through funding from AT&T and State Farm, twelve teams of two youth will be selected to receive travel sponsorship scholarships to attend the 2014 Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit. These teams will learn how to develop, implement and support distracted driving prevention efforts in their local communities. They will also have the opportunity to meet with their states' representatives on Capitol Hill.

Youth teams will be required to attend the Summit October 18-21, 2014 and commit to organizing and hosting a distracted driving prevention campaign in their home states.

Youth interested in applying for this leadership opportunity should complete this application with a friend. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Why the Focus Should Be on “Engaged Driving” for Teens

From: The Children's Hospital Philadelphia

While working with other auto safety researchers over the past year as part of a distracted driving panel organized by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) and State Farm®, I have been introduced to the term “engaged driving” and prefer it to the term “distracted driving.” I think it better describes what we want drivers to do to be safe.

There always has, and always will be, sources of distraction to drivers in and outside the vehicle. The term “distracted driving” is relatively new in auto safety, and I suspect that most people think it refers to texting/ emailing/making calls from a phone while driving. But distracted driving is a complex issue that extends beyond a driver’s smartphone. The ultimate goal of any related intervention is to keep the driver engaged in driving-related tasks, despite a number of potential sources of distraction. Experts on our panel examined the topic from many angles in order to better understand the broader issue of driver engagement and to inform efforts to develop interventions that encourage engaged driving by experienced adult and novice teen drivers.Research into how young drivers make decisions about how often and under what circumstances they’re likely to “disengage” from the driving task will help us understand how best to motivate teens to remain fully engaged and prevent crashing, especially in higher risk situations.

Remaining fully engaged with driving is particularly important for teens for a couple of reasons:
Because of their inexperience behind the wheel, teens are not as capable of evaluating when a driving situation might not need their full attention for a brief period of time.
It’s likely that teens are motivated differently than adults. Due to this fact, we can’t simply take what works best to motivate adults to help teens remain engaged while driving.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Efforts to Make Tougher Penalties for Texting While Driving

From: KOAA New Channel 5

A group of attorneys are saying distracted drivers are causing more accidents than those with DUI's. Local lawyers, part of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, are working to make penalties for texting and driving tougher.

While it is illegal in Colorado for anyone to text and drive, the fine is only $50. Attorney at law Jason Landress said the penalty should be more, as he sees the effects of distracted driving first hand.

"We deal with the way a person's life is changed forever because someone decided to pick their phone in a car," said Landress.

Landress said texting and driving should be treated more like a DUI. While he warns against making penalties too extreme, he thinks more should be done to deter drivers from picking up their phones.

"Some kind of step up process, either civilly or criminally, that gets people to pay attention because a $50 fine may not do it," he explained.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Will This Tiny Tool Stop Teens From Texting While Driving?

American teenagers aren't as obsessed with driving as they used to be, but the ones who do get behind the wheel are still far more dangerous than older drivers. Youngsters between 16 and 19 drive too fast and brake too late. They are especially bad at driving drunk. They also play with their phones too much, which is what prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve a plan to reduce texting while driving.

On Wednesday, Cuomo signed off on Esurance's plan to offer a device called DriveSafe free to all Esurance customers. While there's no shortage of apps that can disable a driver's smart phone (the military and even churches have been jamming cell phone signals for a while now), DriveSafe is a next-level cell phone blocking device, and then some.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Virtual Danger, Real Lesson: Texting and Driving Simulator

From:  CTIA
A major hurdle to combating distracted driving is the idea among some drivers, especially teens, that texting and driving is okay. To help illustrate just how dangerous this practice is, the It Can Wait campaign developed the Texting and Driving Simulator.
The simulator provides users the ability to try to text while driving, but safely since they aren’t actually behind the wheel. Set up like a computer game, drivers use their computer keyboard to navigate a virtual city, obeying the speed limit and avoiding normal obstacles on the road. Then, you get a text message.
For added reality, you can connect your wireless device to send and receive text from while using your computer to operate the virtual car.
Take it from me, the simulator illustrates the impossibility of answering a  text message while safely driving.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thinkfast Interactive: Experiential Awareness Programs for all ages

Concept behind ThinkFast Interactive

The ThinkFast Interactive driving safety awareness program is an evidence-informed prevention intervention that uses active learning to connect young people with factual, relevant information related to various personal safety issues. The program is uniquely designed to educate teen drivers on various State rules, regulations, and penalties installed to keep teen drivers safe on our highways. ThinkFast Interactive is a fast-paced competitive awareness program that directly connects the students to a “state of art” multi digit audience response system driven by a versatile software program that delivers awareness, pop culture, and academic questions in multiple innovative way. ThinkFast Interactive also captures the participant’s answer for later analysis.

The staging is of top production values and presents relevant music, trivia, and safety facts for the targeted audience. We work with local highway safety experts to tailor program content for local context factors such as laws, social norms, age of participants etc. The ThinkFast Interactive team of hosts guide participants through the program so that everyone engages with the information. Both teens and adults from across the country have repeatedly given high praises to ThinkFast Interactive hosts and many say that creates a unique, and unforgettable experience that students will always remember.

Visit the ThinkFast Interactive Website for more information.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Creating Cultural Change in Teen Driving: Webinar Series on How to Effectively Build and Grow Your Initiative

Join your peers of program managers, injury prevention specialists, family advocates, parent and teen organizations and many others for the 2nd part of a FREE webinar series brought to you by National Safety Council with support from The Allstate Foundation. The second webinar will be focused on creating a solid curriculum in:

"Starting At the Finish Line: 
Take What You Want to Achieve and Go Backwards"
Using an Outcomes-Based Approach in Program Development
Live 60-minute Webinar: March 24, 2014 1 p.m. CST
Click here to register for the next event.

Presentations focus on effective ways to build achievable plans around transportation safety initiatives with examples from promising and proven teen safe driving projects. This webinar series will discuss the proven pillars of culture change related to teen driving; policy, policing, population and publicity. Webinar attendees will learn about:

  • How to Take Your Passion and Make a Difference: Turning Your Ideas into Real Change Integrating Evidence Into Current Programming: Building the Curriculum Beyond Emotion February 19, 2014 (COMPLETED)
  • Starting at the Finish Line: Take What you Want to Achieve and Go Backwards Planning Backwards: Using an Outcomes-Based Approach in Program Development March 24, 2014
  • Building a Coalition to Support Your Program May 13, 2014
  • Hook, Newsline and Thinker: Using the Media to Hook the Whole Story June 17, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

SEMINAR: Driving High: To What Extent are Young Drivers at Risk?

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Date: Thursday, February 27

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Education 1 Building, Room 1400, Anschutz Medical Campus

Increased access to marijuana in Colorado has raised public health and safety concerns, one of which is the anticipated increase in car crashes due to drugged driving. This presentation will examine the epidemiological evidence for fatal crash risk due to marijuana impaired driving, as well as the policy implications. The presentation will also discuss the prevalence of impaired driving among young drivers and disparities in risk, highlighting data from Colorado.

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Community and Behavioral Health and member of the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) Program.  She completed her doctoral training in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her research focuses on adolescent injury prevention, with a particular focus on adolescent dating abuse, violence and suicide prevention, and teen risky driving. 

For more information visit or contact sara.brandspigel@ucdenver.eduThis seminar will be recorded and available for viewing online 2-3 weeks after the event here

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Creating Cultural Change in Teen Driving: Webinar Series on How to Effectively Build and Grow Your Initiative

Creating Cultural Change in Teen Driving: 

Webinar Series on How to Effectively Build
and Grow Your Initiative

Dear Safe Driving Advocate,

Join program managers, injury prevention specialists, family advocates, representatives of parent and teen organizations and many others for a FREEwebinar series brought to you by the National Safety Council with support from The Allstate Foundation. We will present effective ways to build achievable plans around transportation safety initiatives with examples from promising and successful teen safe driving projects. Participants will learn about the proven pillars of culture change related to teen driving: policy, policing, population and publicity. 

The first webinar will be focused on creating a solid curriculum, in:
"How to Take Your Passion and Make a Difference:
Turning Your Ideas into Real Change"

Integrating Evidence into Current Programming: Building the Curriculum Beyond Emotion

Live 60-minute Webinar: Feb. 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. CST

Click here to register for the event.

Not able to join us? No problem! We'll send a link of the recording shortly after the event.

Upcoming Webinars:
  • Starting at the Finish Line: Take What you Want to Achieve and Go Backwards. Planning Backwards: Using an Outcomes-Based Approach in Program Development - March 24, 2014
  • Building a Coalition to Support Your Program - May 13, 2014
  • Hook, Newsline and Thinker: Using the Media to Hook the Whole      Story - June 17, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Disparities in Safety Belt Use by Sexual Orientation Identity Among US High School Students | American Journal of Public Health

From: Children's Safety Network

Objectives: We examined associations between adolescents’ safety belt use and sexual orientation identity.

Methods: We pooled data from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (n = 26 468 weighted; mean age = 15.9 years; 35.4% White, 24.7% Black, 23.5% Latino, 16.4% other). We compared lesbian and gay (1.2%), bisexual (3.5%), and unsure (2.6%) youths with heterosexuals (92.7%) on a binary indicator of passenger safety belt use. We stratified weighted multivariable logistic regression models by sex and adjusted for survey wave and sampling design.

Results: Overall, 12.6% of high school students reported “rarely” or “never” wearing safety belts. Sexual minority youths had increased odds of reporting nonuse relative to heterosexuals (48% higher for male bisexuals, 85% for lesbians, 46% for female bisexuals, and 51% for female unsure youths; P < .05), after adjustment for demographic (age, race/ethnicity), individual (body mass index, depression, bullying, binge drinking, riding with a drunk driver, academic achievement), and contextual (living in jurisdictions with secondary or primary safety belt laws, percentage below poverty, percentage same-sex households) risk factors.

Conclusions: Public health interventions should address sexual orientation identity disparities in safety belt use.

Click here to purchase the study from the American Journal of Public Health

Friday, January 17, 2014

Travelers Survey Shows Parents' Good Driving Behavior Decreases Likelihood of Teen Accidents

From:  The Wall Street Journal

Travelers (NYSE: TRV) today released the results of its Parent/Teen Safe Driving Survey, which reveal that teens who feel their parents are good role models as drivers are half as likely to have been in an accident.

The survey also found that the vast majority of teens (96 percent) have had conversations with their parents about safe driving. This rate is much higher than the number of teens who report having talked with their parents about alcohol/drug use (84 percent), safe sex (78 percent) or bullying (67 percent).

"The results reinforce that parents who actively discuss safe driving habits can have a strong positive influence on teen driving," said Henry Edinger, Chief Customer Officer for Travelers. "It's critical that parents and teens are on the same page about driving dangers and are clearly communicating the consequences for not following the rules of the road."

Despite safe driving leading the list of parent-teen conversations, the survey identifies strong differences in what parents regard as their top driving concerns compared to teens. The biggest gaps exist over driving under the influence, distracted driving caused by mobile devices and staying aware of others on the road.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Teen Driver Source: Tools for a Teen

Just one teen passenger doubles the risk a teen driver will get into a fatal crash; three or more passengers quadruples the risk.
The website is dedicated to reducing risky behaviors among teen drivers. It has resources for teens such as information on learning how to drive, several classroom activities available for download to inform teens on safe driving behaviors and statistics on crash information broken down by risky behaviors. There are several videos on driving safety and laws as well as links to upcoming traffic safety events.

The people behind are a team of researchers, educators, and communicators from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. This Teen Driver Safety Research team takes a multidisciplinary approach to study the causes of teen driver-related crashes and then provides research-based and evidence-informed information, tools, and other resources on this site to help prevent these crashes.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Rachel and the Kings song "Slo Mo"

Local band Rachel and the Kings will be working with CDOT and Amelie company to kick off a safe driving campaign among Colorado teens. No details yet, but it has to do with the band's new hit "Slo Mo" all about taking life in slow motion.

Check out the song here and stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NHTSA Unveils '5 to Drive' Teen Safety Campaign to Reduce High Death Rate of Teens

From Children's Safety Network
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new campaign that challenges parents to discuss five critical driving practices with their teenage drivers that can have the greatest beneficial impacts in the event of a crash. The new "5 to Drive" campaign is being launched to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, 2013.

"Safety is our highest priority, especially when it comes to teens, who are often our least experienced drivers," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign gives parents and teens a simple, straightforward checklist that can help them talk about good driving skills and most importantly, prevent a tragedy before it happens."

NHTSA data show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers 14-18 years-old in the United States. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Of those teens involved in fatal crashes, 1,163 (55 percent) survived, and 942 (45 percent) died in the crash.

The "5 to Drive" campaign encourages parents to visit and discuss with their teens one safety topic each day during national teen driver safety week. The "5 to Drive" campaign topics are:

1. No cell phone use or texting while driving,
2. No extra passengers,
3. No speeding,
4. No alcohol, and
5. No driving or riding without a seat belt.

Click here to read the full story from NHTSA

Click here for the campaign

Click here for campaign materials, such as infographics, PSAs, flyers, and more

Monday, October 21, 2013

Equipping Parents with the Tools and Knowledge to Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Fatalities

National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-26
Parents of teenagers may think they do not have much influence on their kids, but when it comes to safe driving, they do — and it could mean the difference between life and death. From 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15-19 year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent. However, in 2012 Colorado experienced a 10 percent rise in teen fatalities from 2011.

The Colorado Teen Driving Alliance (CTDA) has created a new resource to reach parents with the powerful message that they can limit their teen’s risks while driving by enforcing safe driving practices, and we need your help getting this resource into the hands of parents. Teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving behavior in a supportive way are 50 percent less likely to crash and 70 percent less likely to drive intoxicated.