Harnessing the power of their peers is what more than 120,000 teens across the country did during this year's Act Out Loud program to raise awareness around teen safe driving. The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety sponsor the program, now in its seventh year, to encourage teens to talk openly about the No.1 killer of their friends and peers—car crashes. Students at more than 200 schools took on the challenge to design a t-shirt and a poster, and host a rally focused on one of the primary causes of teen crash fatalities: speeding, lack of seat belt use and teen passengers in the car.
Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, was selected as the grand prize-winning school and will be awarded $10,000. It was selected as the winner due to the school-wide participation during a week of teen driving activities and support from the local police department and city officials to help spread the safe driving message.
All participating schools' rallies were judged based on criteria, including involvement of student body, strength of teen safe driving messages, creativity of activities, and community and school administration involvement.
"Ending the epidemic of teen driving fatalities in our country starts with teens championing this cause with their friends," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president at Allstate. "This year's winning school went above and beyond to encourage teens to slow down, buckle up and limit distractions from passengers. Focusing on these three simple things can help save lives and help teens enjoy a safe, fun-filled summer."
Three additional winners from the Act Out Loud contest were also selected to receive $2,000 prizes:
Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.)
Red Bay High School (Red Bay, Ala.)
Royal Palm Beach High School (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Act Out Loud supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month® in May. The program engaged an estimated 2.6 million youth from across the country in peer-to-peer education efforts to address the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S. – traffic crashes. For more information about the contest, visit www.ActOutLoud.org.
About The Allstate Foundation Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
About National Organizations for Youth Safety National Organizations for Youth Safety® (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations and federal agencies who serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors. The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. For more information, visit www.noys.org.