The NOYS -National Organizations for Youth Safety coalition is a network of over 40 national organizations and federal agencies advocating on behalf of youth safety and health. The NOYS network promotes collaboration at the national, state, and local levels emphasizing highway safety, violence prevention, alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues among youth ages 5 to 24.
Last week ACE attended the annual NOYS Fall Meeting in Washington, DC; a two day event dedicated to facilitating insightful round-table discussion of youth focused issues as they relate to upcoming NOYS projects, programs, and special events.
In May 2010, NOYS plans to support National Youth Traffic Safety Month by raising awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving- specifically targeting the use of cell phones while driving. NOYS has organized a “Thumbs Up” campaign to discourage teen drivers from texting while behind the wheel, and is set to be launched in the next few weeks by an unidentified female winner of the popular TV show American Idol.
Notable speakers at this years gathering included Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings who heads the federal Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, and Katherine Wootten, Senior Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in Washington, DC.
After outlining the U.S. Department of Education’s current objectives and goals, Assistant Deputy Secretary Jennings shared his thoughts regarding the necessity of ‘safe schools’ for America’s youth, citing bullying and peer harassment as two significant factors responsible for hindering a student’s ability to learn and excel academically. Jennings adamantly stated; “kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe and secure…period…it’s that simple.”
NOYS membership not only enables ACE to network with fellow youth focused organizations and establish professional relationships among both federal agencies and non-profit foundations, but offers ACE the ability to extend and promote our mission and core programs to a wider audience. For more information visit http://www.noys.org/!