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tab_featuredTeens in the Driver Seat® is the nation’s first peer-to-peer safety program for young drivers, involving teenagers directly in developing and delivering driving safety messages. The goal of Teens in the Driver Seat® is to raise awareness of the top driving dangers for teens and prevent crashes involving young drivers. The program empowers teens to spread the word among their peers about deadly driving risks and encourage them to make smart choices while behind the wheel and as passengers. Teens in the Driver Seat® is committed to fighting the number-one killer of teenagers in America, but it can only succeed with the involvement and commitment of young people who are represented by the Teens in the Driver Seat® Teen Advisory Board.

TAB members are selected for the next year at the end of the previous school year. If you are interested in being involved, watch for nomination announcements.

Check out the TAB album on Facebook for snapshots of the board in action.

The board members:

  • Provide insight on how to engage their peers and sustain their interest in Teens in the Driver Seat®
  • Assist in organizing program-oriented events and activities
  • Provide feedback, ideas and opinions on new program materials, safety messages, promotional items and related elements
  • Participate in quarterly meetings
  • Serve as ambassadors and leaders for Teens in the Driver Seat®

So who are the members?


alexander kandee Kandee Alexander

Kern Valley High School
Lake Isabella, California

Kandee loves to be involved in the community and is ready to be more involved as a TAB member. As a member of the TAB she will be able to use her voice to promote the Teens in the Driver Seat message and make a difference in teen’s lives. Kandee describes herself as funny, outgoing, smart, competitive, and down-to-earth.

 


alvaredo sydneySydney Alvarado
Second Year Member

Midlothian High School Midlothian, Texas

Sydney believes in the Teens in the Driver Seat message. She is a returning TAB member and is ready to use her leadership skills to promote teen safety. “Teen safety is one crucial thing that should be taken seriously, spreading the message is something I am not shy about doing,” states Sydney. Sydney describes herself as leader, outspoken, organized, a perfectionist and thinker.


avendano danielDaniel Avendano

Sam Rayburn High School
Pasadena, Texas

Daniel is in Student Council and it helps him to be a leader and teach others the risks and dangers. He is also dedicated to his education and learning to always make better choices. Daniel describes himself as fun, loving, reliable, responsible and enthusiastic.

 


booker kelsey

Kelsey Booker
Second Year Member

Naaman Forest High School
Garland, Texas

Kelsey is a returning TAB member and she is happy that she will be able to continue to help other students. Her position on her school’s newspaper will help her to focus attention on the Teens in the Driver Seat message and its importance. Kelsey describes herself as creative, kind, funny, mysterious and imaginative.

 


boyd hopeHope Boyd

Pepperell High School
Lindale, Georgia

Hope was one of 22 teens appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Teen Driving, where she served as vice-chair on the impaired driving subcommittee and presented to many representatives of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, legislation, prosecutors, and other organizations representatives such as SADD and MADD about revamping the current Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP). She is also the Vice-President of Pepperell’s SADD chapter and President of my Key Club. Hope describes herself as reliable, random, goofy, smart and outgoing.


cano amyAmy Cano

Ventura High School
Ventura, California

Amy is outgoing and wants to contribute to her peers and community. She is currently a mentor to 8th graders, helping them learn about the dangers and how to avoid alcohol and drugs. She believes she can do this through the Teens in the Driver Seat program. Amy describes herself as smart, caring, experienced, dependable and easy going.

 


castro marcelyMarcely Castro

Montwood High Scool
El Paso, Texas

Marcely is dedicated to the Teens in the Driver Seat program and message. She wants to help her community and as a TAB member, she will continue to spread the word regarding the dangers of underage drinking and driving. Marcely describes herself as beautiful, smart, dedicated, leader and honest.

 


cortez anthonyAnthony Cortez

Jefferson High School
El Paso, Texas

Anthony has been involved with the Teens in the Driver Seat program at his school for the last two years. He believes that all teens should be safe behind the wheel and encourages others to know the dangers of teen driving. He is involved in his community and as a TAB member he believes he can help others strengthen their knowledge about the risks teen drivers face. Anthony describes himself as funny, responsible, helpful, caring and respectful.

 


diaz dianaDiana Diaz

Silva Magnet High School
El Paso, Texas

Diane is active in her community and wants to put her leadership skills to good use as a TAB member. She wants to set the example for safe teen driving habits and wants to use this opportunity of being a board member to speak up and encourage her peers to use good driving habits. She is also looking forward to this experience to show other teens the opportunities they have to make a change. Diane describes herself as optimistic, dedicated, hard-working, outgoing and nice.


escalera arelyArely Escalera

Jefferson High School
El Paso, Texas

Arely is committed to educating her peers about the risks and dangers of teen driving. As a TAB member she will get the opportunity to inform both students and parents on the Teens in the Driver Seat program and mission. She is also an active member of her Campus Crime Stoppers. Arely describes herself as energetic, honest, social, responsible and outgoing.

 


franklin sydneySydney Franklin

Creekview High School
Carrollton, Texas

Sydney is an Executive Officer of my school’s Student Council, VP of Public Relations for the Law and Criminal Justice Academy, and very active with her community. She would like to use her experience to advocate for Teens in the Driver Seat program and teen safety and learn more ways to reach her community. She feels that as a TAB member, she can help make the world a safer place by educating teens and adults about driving distractions and how to avoid them. Sydney describes herself as hones, charismatic, intelligent, hard-working and fun.


hanks halleHalle Hanks

Pepperell High School
Lindale, Georgia

Halle is very involved in with her high school with the Teens in the Driver Seat program where she is dedicated to educating her peers about driving safety. She is very creative and is always looking for new ways to spread the message about safe driving habits; as a TAB member she feels that she has the opportunity to do so. Halle describes herself as trustworthy, willing, benevolent, hard-working and outgoing.

 


henk cassieCassie Henk
Third Year Member

Bandera High School
Bandera, Texas

Cassie is a returning TAB member and has helped with numerous TDS statewide projects. She is Vice President of her school’s Key Club, is involved in her community, and believes it is her responsibility to spread the message of Teens in the Driver Seat because she realizes the impact it can have on teen’s lives. Cassie describes herself as outgoing, responsible, respectful, honest and athletic.


hudson taylorTaylor Hudson
Second Year Member

Mayde Creek High School
Houston, Texas

Taylor uses her position as current Miss Harris County Outstanding Teen 2013 to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving. She works to educate teens about the risks and responsibilities of driving and being a good passenger during her speeches. Taylor describes herself as energetic, responsible, athletic, timely and dedicated.

 


kim richardRichard Kim

Creekview High School
Carrollton, Texas

Richard is a member of his school’s student council and TDS team where he is dedicated in leading, influencing, and making decisions that will effectively benefit the teen driving community. He also serves as Vice-President of DECA, is a member of the Leadership Team in the marching band, part of the cross country team, in the Key Club and active in his church. Richard further describes himself as dedicated, motivated, efficient, caring and initiative.

 


king keithKeith King

Westwood High School
Palestine, Texas

Keith wants to help reduce the number teen fatalities and believes in the Teens in the Driver Seat mission. He was instrumental in starting the TDS program at his school and is working hard to make is successful. He feels as member of TAB, he will bring new perspective to board. Keith further describes himself as loud, crazy, smart, witty and outgoing.

 


leal josephJoseph Leal

Brandeis High School
San Antonio, Texas

Joseph is an active volunteer at his school, is a member of the student council and will be involved in making Teens in the Driver Seat a success in the school. Joseph is creative and has many ideas and would like to share the message of Teens in the Driver Seat and motivate others to also share the message. Joseph describes himself as funny, artistic, happy, nice and outgoing.

 


martinez mitziMitzi Martinez

Irvin High School
El Paso, Texas

Mitzi works with her student council to raise awareness of driving dangers and now, as a TAB member, she will be able to further motivate and encourage her teen peers about the Teens in the Driver Seat program at her school. Mitzi describes herself as energetic, happy, friendly, smart, and eager to learn.

 


mendoza anthonyTony Mendoza

Riverside High School
El Paso, Texas

Tony is member of his high school’s student council and has participated in promoting safety for young drivers. As a TAB member, he feels he can further educate his peers and help save teen lives. He is passionate about the Teens in the Driver Seat message and wants to spread the dangers of driving while distracted. Tony describes himself as outgoing, friendly, optimistic, organized and honest.

 


newman arronArron Newman

Chisum High School
Paris, Texas

Arron has been a leader in his schools Teens in the Driver Seat program for the last three years and wants to increase his involvement through the TAB. His personal mission is to better inform drivers of all ages about the five risks, especially the dangers of texting and driving. Arron describes himself as honest, dedicated, mature, kind and observant.

 


perez jessicaJessica Perez

Chisum High School
Paris, Texas

Jessica has been very active in her school’s TDS program this year, even though she has not started driving. She believes her communication skills will help her tell more teens about the choices they have to stay safe in vehicles and feels it is important to learn about safe driving at a young age. Jessica describes herself as respectful, hilarious, optimistic, helpful and intelligent.

 


pofahl scottScott Pofahl

Bandera High School
Bandera, Texas

Scott is the longest standing TAB member this year. He has been involved in TDS since middle school and throughout high school. He knows the importance of the Teens in the Driver Seat program and feels many youth are at risk and programs like TDS are necessary to save lives. Scott describes himself as analytical, articulate, cooperative caring and a leader.

 


price presleyPresley Price

Brandeis High School
San Antonio, Texas

Presley recently lost a friend in a car crash and wants to honor her memory by becoming active in saving other’s lives. She is currently Miss San Antonio’s Outstanding Teen 2013 and is comfortable speaking about important teen topics in front of large audiences. She would like to inform her peers of the risk and have all her peers sign a pledge and commit to avoiding the five risks of driving. Presley describes herself as honest, relatable, reliable, inspiring and passionate.

 


reyes julioJulio Reyes

Vidal M. Trevino
Laredo, Texas

Julio has been an active participant of the Teens in the Driver Seat program at his high school for the last two years. He is active within his school, well-spoken and will be President of the Student Council next school year. He is looking forward to continuing to share and learning new ideas to spread the message of Teens in the Driver Seat. Julio describes himself as intelligent, outgoing, honest, a leader and trustworthy.

 


salazar reinaReina Salazar

Ventura High School
Ventura, California

Reina wants to bring awareness to distracted driving and believes the message of Teens in the Driver Seat will help her to do this. She is active in her community and as a member of the TAB; she will be able to communicate the five risks to teen drivers. Reina describes herself as unique, intelligent, cooperative, dependable and trustworthy.

 


spillane meredithMeredith Spillane

A&M Consolidated High School
College Station, Texas

Meredith wants to have the opportunity to lead other teens to the Teens in the Driver Seat website and message. She has a unique perspective since she has spent time in the courtroom (her dad is a judge) seeing first-hand what happens when teens make bad decisions. Meredith describes herself as dedicated, energetic, curious, happy and funny.

 


valdez alejandraAlejandra Valdez

Vidal M. Trevino
Laredo, Texas

Alejandra is currently a member of the Teens in the Driver Seat chapter at her school and serves as the secretary. She is an active participant in her community and would like to be an example for her peers as a safe driver by being a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Alejandra describes herself as honest, independent, creative, dedicated and trustworthy.

 


yackley meganMegan Yackley

Bronte High School
Bronte, Texas

Meagan has been involved with her high school’s Teen in the Driver Seat chapter for the past three years and has been an integral part of the activities at her high school. She believes the importance of reminding her peers to drive safe and wants to continue to impart the message. Meagan describes herself as punctual, dedicated, responsible, attentive and motivated.

 


David YeverinoDavid Yeverino

David Yeverino

Irvin High School
El Paso, Texas

David believes Teens in the Driver Seat is an effective program and believes in the cause. He wants to be able to show teens how to be safe drivers and feels that as a TAB member, he will have the platform to show teens how bad driving habits affect everyone. David describes himself as honest, friendly, hard-worker, happy and trustworthy.