Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety


YOVASO fulfills it's mission by working with high schools, middle schools, and youth groups to establish youth-led advocacy programs throughout the Commonwealth. These peer-to-peer programs enable students to work collaboratively in either a school-based service-learning club or community youth group to develop teen-friendly strategies for addressing their number one health concern- motor vehicle crashes. YOVASO focuses on three important strategies in reaching its mission:

• Engage youth at the school and community level through peer-to-peer traffic safety programs that are innovative, impactful, and hands-on.

• Educate youth on how to be safer and more responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists through peer-led campaigns, competitions, interactive programs, and social media messaging.

• Empower youth with the responsibility, knowledge, and skills to influence a safe driving attitude (culture) in their schools and communities.

2020 Virtual Campaign

What it is...

This exciting new, virtual campaign kicks off Monday, September 21 with the campaign concluding on Friday, October 23. The goal of the campaign is to influence teens to form a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are their best defense against injury and death in a crash. The campaign also emphasizes the importance of driving the speed limit and passenger rights at the middle school level.

Why we do it...

The goal of the Drive for Change Campaign is to help students form lifelong, buckle up habits through education and awareness. The campaign also focuses on encouraging teens to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

Watch Louisa County High School's very own Alexis Downy on WFXR discussing the #DriveforChange campaign (October 2, 2020).

Buckle Up and Slow Down

#DriveForChange 2020 Kits

YOVASO is excited to offer #DriveForChange kits this fall! Youth ages 11-20 who want to learn more about how to be safe in a vehicle and help influence positive change are encouraged to register for the kits. The kits include driver and passenger safety resources and other fun items! The first 500 students to register for a kit will receive several bonus items in their kit to kick off a safe and successful school year! For a list of items, please refer to the High School or Middle School Campaign Packet.

Copy and paste this link to sign up for your free kit:


Parent Contest

Parents and guardians can get involved, too!

This year's fall campaign encourages parents to work with their young driver on a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and to regularly discuss driver and passenger safety with their teen. At the middle school level, parents will be encouraged to discuss passenger safety and rights with their middle schooler and to also work on a Parent-Youth Passenger Safety Agreement. Parents who sign an Agreement and take the online pledge, will be entered to win $50 from YOVASO! For more information visit the Campaign Page (https://www.yovaso.org/driveforchange)

Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Halloween Safety Campaign is an opportunity for middle schools, high schools and youth groups to join YOVASO in promoting a safe and fun Halloween! All Virginia high schools, middle schools, and youth groups are encouraged to participate. As part of the campaign, youth ages 11-20 will participate in a virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

It's as simple as picking out the perfect pumpkin, carving it, including the YOVASO logo and campaign hashtag (details coming soon!), sharing a picture of it on social media, and submitting the picture and entry form to YOVASO!

YOVASO will pick 10 entries for public voting via a Google Form on October 29 and 30. The five pumpkins with the most votes will each win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! All entries are required to incorporate the design template provided by YOVASO.

2020 Campaign Dates:

Students may begin submitting their pumpkin carving contest entries to YOVASO October 24. All entries are due October 28.

Public Voting for the entries will open October 29 and close October 30 at noon.

The top 5 entries will be announced on via Email and YOVASO's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on October 31, 2020!

Want to get involved?

Join our next high school virtual club meeting! We meet via Zoom on A and B day club days. Contact one of the sponsors (below) to receive a link to join us on Zoom. We would love to have you!


Louisa County High School: Sergeant R. Sarnoski (sarnosrr@lcps.k12.va.us), Deputy C. Henley (henleycr@lcps.k12.va.us), and Mr. T. Johnson (johnsota@lcps.k12.va.us)

Louisa County Middle School: Corporal N. Harris (Harrisnl@lcps.k12.va.us)

Students can get involved with traffic safety as early as elementary school, and our School Resource Officers are here to help teach kids of all ages.


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