Young Community Leaders – Leading By Example

By Debbie Hersman
Today, I gave the keynote address at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Capitol Leadership Training. These young men and women are aspiring leaders in their communities and represent our nation’s future.

At the NTSB, we have the privilege of working with youth organizations like FCCLA, Camp Fire, Close Up, and the National Organizations for Youth Safety to advocate for transportation safety. Each of these organizations brings together motivated and talented youth who advocate for important issues such as teen driver safety and truly understand how safe habits make safe drivers. It is exciting to see how the next generation of leaders is stepping up to raise the bar on safety with their peers.

The unfortunate reality is that motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teens. While the NTSB makes recommendations that can improve transportation safety, real change has to start at the grassroots level. With the commitment of young leaders like those I met this morning, and the many others we engage throughout the year – our nation can reduce the number of teen deaths on the road.

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