Students Against Destructive Decisions

SADD has many chapters located in schools across the state of North Carolina. The chapters carry out projects during the school year such as seat belt checks of students driving to school, compliance checks of sales to minors, prevention activities at sports events, alcohol-free prom and graduation projects, school assemblies and community projects focusing on highway safety and underage drinking and drug prevention.

The SADD program began in North Carolina in the fall of 1982. This program now serves students in middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities. The need to establish more SADD chapters in our schools and local communities will continue as long as serious problems of drinking and driving, underage drinking and destructive decision-making result from alcohol and other drug use.

The cornerstone of SADD's philosophy is student empowerment. Empowered students are confident; they are able to create change and control behavior in the effort to promote healthy and productive lifestyles. SADD empowers youth by giving them the resources and support to make healthy choices when confronted with challenges and difficult decisions.

For more information about the SADD Program, contact the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement Office at 984-236-0330 or send an email to

SADD and the ABC Commission’s Talk It Out initiative are partnering in the effort to further reduce underage drinking in our state. Find out more about Talk It Out here.