Reckless and distracted driving is the # 1 killer of teens in America. This deadly epidemic claims the lives of 3,000 teens each year, and seriously injures 30,000 more. The most frustrating aspect of this public health crisis is that it is completely preventable with a combination of quality education, training, and enforcement. Impact Teen Drivers is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating teens, parents, and community members about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Our ultimate goal is to save lives by changing attitudes and behaviors that become lethal behind the wheel of a car. The Impact Teen Drivers program is evidence-based and cost-effective, and reaches teens with engaging educational videos, interactive materials, and high-energy presentations and discussions. Teens are moving targets, and Impact Teen Drivers continually provides teen-centric campaigns, contests to get teens to share the safe driving message with their peers, innovative web content, and a strong social media presence.
The Impact Teen Drivers Train-the-Trainers workshop leads facilitators through the Impact Teen Drivers program. This 2 ½ hour workshop provides participants with evidence-based tools to deliver high energy presentations focused on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Participants will learn about reckless and distracted driving research and statistics, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws, the “What do You Consider Lethal?” campaign, and how to effectively communicate the essentials of safe driving to teens, parents, and members of their communities. The workshop provides participants with examples of school and community-based programs and presentations, including parent-teen safe driving workshops. Participants will receive informational handouts and guides for facilitating discussion and preparing presentations about teen safe driving for their own reference and to share with other educators, first responders, or community members.
The objectives of the Train-the-Trainers workshop are to:
- Effectively link the importance of quality education and communication to address the problem of reckless and distracted driving.
- Provide participants with the knowledge and resources they need to successfully present the Impact Teen Drivers program in their own communities.
- Ensure that participants have the knowledge to effectively communicate and respond to inquiries about teen driving attitudes and behaviors, as well as GDL laws.
- Motivate first responders, educators, and health professionals to carry out the Impact Teen Drivers program in their communities to help stop the number one killer of young people in America—reckless and distracted driving.
Dr. Kelly Browning has been in leadership positions promoting awareness and education through youth programs over the past 20 years. She received her formal education from Minnesota State University Moorhead, the University of Central Florida, and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Prior to coming aboard with Impact Teen Drivers, Dr. Browning founded an inner city charter school in Tampa, Florida, where she served as the Executive Director. Dr. Browning joined the Impact Teen Divers team as Executive Director in 2008.
Dr. Browning is an experienced and dynamic presenter who has presented at national conferences for the past twenty years. She has collaborated on research projects with some of the top traffic safety organizations included the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Safety Council. Additionally, Dr. Browning is skilled at establishing productive and meaningful partnerships among national, state, and local stakeholders.
To successfully run non-profit organizations, Dr. Browning has forged and maintained partnerships to ensure program success and the attainment of all stakeholders' goals. Her current work with Impact Teen Drivers merges first responders, educators, health professionals, the insurance industry, transportation agencies, and other corporate and non-profit organizations to successfully promote education and awareness of the dangers of reckless and distracted driving and poor decision making. The unifying theme of Dr. Browning’s work is taking a proactive approach and making a positive impact on young people by promoting education and awareness which results in better decision making. In general, Dr. Browning believes it is our responsibility to make the world a better place by facilitating good decision making through education and forming thoughtful and successful partnerships to help our organizations reach their maximum potential.