Students Against Destructive Decisions Annual Conference

ATHENS, WV (WOAY) – The West Virginia Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) conference was held Sunday in Mercer county.

“All across the state there are these pockets, and we are really trying to let these young people have a voice, it’s youth-led adult-guided, they’ve got a chance to really do some amazing things, today they will all be convening, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Greg Puckett, Executive Director of Community Connections.

Partnering with the West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network, this year’s conference was held at two locations, Concord University was the main hub, and the WVU Medicine United Summit Center in Clarksburg, both offering a virtual platform for the conference members to connect.

“The conference really focuses on destructive decisions made by young people, we encourage students to make positive decisions and to encourage their peers to do the same,” Trevor Darago says, WV SADD’s State Coordinator.

While SADD had to postpone the in-person event last year due to COVID, program participants were excited to finally be able to hold a new normal, hybrid conference this year because of the lasting impact it has on young leaders everywhere.

“Young people have a stronger voice than most adults, and so, if we can give them the tools, the opportunities, and we can show them the direction, then all of a sudden they just take over the world, and that’s what we want,” Puckett says.