1. Youth Involvement.
As a peer leadership program, Licensed for Life is a creative
collaboration among youth, public schools, society, and law enforcement officers that
promotes, improves, and preserves the quality of life in the community we serve.
* Focus groups were conducted with
teenagers to validate the materials being developed and taught.
* Encourages long-term
involvement/commitment by placing members of the teen community on our advisory board.
* To foster cooperation/prevention/intervention
* To encourage other teens not to
drug and or drink and drive.
* To recognize the physiological and
psychological signs of someone under the influence of alcohol or any other mood-altering
* To teach intervention skills to
keep someone the know from driving while impaired.
2. Interpersonal/Social development. The program seeks
to change youths' attitudes and behavior towards drug and alcohol use and its
* To work with teens in an atmosphere
of mutual respect, understanding the pressures that face them and provide them with skills
and information that will allow them to make safe choices.
* To educate our youths about current
laws and how these laws impact their lives.
* To promote/explain "zero
* To explain Graduated Licensing and
how it works.
* Knowing the facts and effects of
* Educate students about safety and
* Role-playing and use of Fatal
Vision Goggles simulate exercises to help teens understand their own mortality when
driving under the influence of any mood-altering substance.
3. Community Projects.
* Licensed for Life is a resource for
the Illinois Department of Transportation Task Force.
* Conducts youth-parent forums at peak "crash
* Increase awareness among the community about the
dangers of impaired driving, the risks associated with not using safety belts, and the
importance of knowing the rules of the road
* Reduce traffic crashes, injuries
and fatalities among school children, teachers, parents, and others through participation
in community traffic safety programs and awareness activities.
* Provide speakers at judge's conferences to promote safe lifestyles.
* Licensed for Life
administers pre- and post-tests to students to measure effectiveness. Both students
and teachers complete a one page evaluation/questionnaire on the class presentation.
In this format they are asked to evaluate instructors and their understanding of
class materials. Suggestions for future classes are also encouraged.
* Each Licensed for Life
instructor is continuously evaluated by students and teachers. The instructors
submit these evaluations from every class taught, to the Program Director who then
regularly meets with the instructors to evaluate their teaching performance. The
Program Director and hired for a probationary period of 8 classes. During is
probationary period new instructors present the class with constant monitoring by the
Program Director and more experienced instructors.