The NOYS (National Organizations for Youth Safety) coalition is a collaboration of over 40 national, youth-serving organizations such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), including non-profit organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving's Youth in Action Program (MADD) and government agencies including the Department of Transportation. The NOYS network promotes collaboration at the national, State and local levels with emphasis on highway safety, violence prevention, alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues among youth ages 5 to 24.
The mission of NOYS is to marshal resources and build synergistic partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and promote healthy and safe lifestyles among youth. Programs incorporate five major goals in achieving these objectives:
In 1995, NOYS instituted a rotating steering committee of five to seven people with a minimum of one youth representative sitting on the committee. The purpose of the steering committee is to set meeting agendas and facilitate meetings. In addition, this committee also makes interim decisions and/or recommendations on issues arising between NOYS meetings.
The coalition meets in a round-table forum approximately four times per year with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acting as convener.
The membership of the NOYS organization has invested their valuable time wisely over the past few years. Lively exchanges between the members brought forth the best ideas and, piece by piece, a substantive mission statement and vision was created. Today, NOYS has initiated within its ranks several collaborative efforts, including:
NOYS members have established these models to be used for other youth-collaborative efforts. The informational guides help youth make a difference in their own communities by providing ideas and how-to advice.
For more information about NOYS, its programs or its partners, check out www.noys.org