SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the national school-based, peer-to-peer prevention, education and activism organization, today announced that Brady Rainville, of Danville, has been named to the SADD National Student Leadership Council for the 2013-2014 school year. Chosen from a nationwide pool of highly qualified applicants, he joins 10 other Council members who will represent the hundreds of thousands of SADD students in chapters across the country.

"Brady's leadership and his work and dedication to issues affecting teens make him a great choice to join SADD's National Student Leadership Council," said Penny Wells, president and chief executive officer of SADD. "We will now rely on Brady to use his experiences on the state and local levels to help guide our organization as we work nationally to develop programs that will positively influence teens when it comes to choices about alcohol and other drug use, as well as other potentially destructive behaviors."

The Student Leadership Council advises the SADD National Board of Directors on policies and programs, plans and implements the annual SADD National Conference, and serves as a national and regional student representation network. Members of the Student Leadership Council represent SADD at local, regional, and national events and engagements.

Rainville has been an active member of SADD for the past four years, serving for two years as chapter president. Under his leadership, his chapter has completed many programs including several seat-belt checks and sticker shock campaigns. He played a critical role in the 24th annual Governor's Youth Leadership Conference, which brought together speakers to empower Vermont teens. He has been a great asset in the growth and development of SADD across the state of Vermont. In other school programs, Rainville serves as the president of his National Honor Society chapter, French Club, and student government. Rainville will begin his term at the SADD National Conference in Orlando, Fla. this June.

"Being selected for the SADD National Student Leadership Council is a great honor, one that is well deserved and brings great pride to our state and local organizations that have worked so hard to educate teens about responsible decision-making," said Mark Floyd, SADD State Contact for Vermont. "Brady has been an exceptional leader for SADD in Vermont, working hard to ensure that teens are aware of the perils of reckless and distracted driving, underage drinking, and other drug use. We are confident he will thrive as an educator and an important advocate for teens nationwide."

SADD, the nation's leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. To become a Friend of SADD or for more information, visit sadd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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