What Is YOVASO?
Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) is a youth leadership organization focused on saving the lives of teenage drivers. We do this by educating, encouraging and empowering teenagers to be traffic safety advocates in their schools and communities. YOVASO wants to involve young people in this issue so that together we can develop positive solutions for this serious problem. After all, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 20.
YOVASO helps students and school administrators set up a YOVASO Club or expand an already existing club to include safe driving initiatives. Trainings, support materials, safety campaigns, and staff assistance are all free. YOVASO provides its student leaders and club members with yearly training sessions to help them speak out confidently about safe teen driving and positive solutions. In addition to school trainings, YOVASO offers leadership retreats and participation in state and national traffic safety conferences for students who want to be more actively involved in teen safe driving efforts. YOVASO also offers internships to its top students and graduating seniors may apply for YOVASO trainer positions if they are enrolling at a Virginia college.
YOVASO tracks teen fatalities in Virginia and continuously monitors the top causative factors in teen crashes. This enables our students to make the best decisions about prevention programs for their schools and communities.
YOVASO runs campaigns during the school year to promote safe driving habits. Student groups develop activities for their schools and enter their projects into a contest run by YOVASO. These campaigns include:
- Halloween Safety Campaign
- Save Your Tail-Gate
- Mission Possible: Buckle Up, Drive the Speed Limit
- Steer Into the New Year: Drive Responsibly
- Arrive Alive
For information, go to http://yovaso.net/.