Melissa Stegner, a junior at Centreville High School, is one of 10 students nationwide chosen to be part of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) first Power of You(th)™ National Teen Influencer Group. She was selected based on her efforts to stop underage drinking at her school and in her community.
Stegner turned a personal tragedy into a community-wide effort after losing her father and brother in 2007 when a repeat drunk driving offender hit their car head on. Two years later, she volunteered for MADD, working to spread the word about the dangers of drinking and driving.
She then made it her mission to stop underage drinking in her community in an effort to make an impact on drunk driving. Last fall, she started Centreville High School’s Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) chapter. She will now lend her expertise to MADD and State Farm through the Power of You(th)™ program.
Members of the group will attend a National Teen Influencer Summit in late June, which will focus on how best to educate teens across the country to take a stand against underage drinking.
The group will provide its insight regarding the creation of an underage drinking prevention initiative that saves lives and empowers young people to make a difference in their community.