MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the national school-based, peer-to-peer prevention, education and activism organization, today announced that Mohammed Maaz Rehan of Sayreville has been named to the SADD National Student Leadership Council for the 2012-2013 school year. Chosen from a nationwide pool of highly qualified applicants, he joins six other council members who will represent the hundreds of thousands of SADD students in chapters across the country.
“Maaz’ leadership and his work and dedication to issues affecting teens make him a great choice to join SADD National’s Student Leadership Council,” said Penny Wells, president and chief executive officer of SADD. “We will now rely on Maaz to use his experiences on the state and local levels to help guide our organization as we work nationally to develop programs that will positively influence teens when it comes to choices about alcohol and other drug use, as well as other potentially destructive behaviors.”
The Student Leadership Council advises the SADD National Board of Directors on policies and programs, plans and implements the annual SADD National Conference, and serves as a national and regional student representation network. Members of the Student Leadership Council represent SADD at local, regional, and national events and engagements.
Rehan is a senior at Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin and president of his school’s SADD chapter. Sayreville’s SADD chapter is sponsored by DCH Auto Group, SADD’s exclusive vehicle dealer partner in the Tri-State New York area and Southern California, and the chapter receives resources and technical assistance from the partnership. As a peer leader, Rehan was chosen out of 100 students to teach freshmen at his school about key issues facing teens today.
In addition to leading many other health and safety initiatives for his SADD chapter, Rehan is a member of the Volunteer Emergency Medical Squad and has been featured on CBS 2 News for involvement in a safe driving campaign. Rehan plays on the varsity football team which has captured the championship title, Central Jersey Group IV, for the past two years, and he was recognized as a Senior Leader of Varsity Football in 2011. Rehan will begin his term at the SADD National Conference in Torrance, California, this June.
“Being selected for the SADD National Student Leadership Council is a great honor, one that is well deserved and brings great pride to our city and state that have worked so hard to educate teens about responsible decision-making,” said Genevieve Corrales, Sayreville High School’s SADD Advisor. “Maaz has been an exceptional leader for SADD in New Jersey, working tirelessly to ensure that teens are aware of the perils of risky driving, underage drinking and other drug use. We are confident he will thrive as an educator and an important advocate for teens nationwide.”
SADD, the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More information about SADD can be found at sadd.org.
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