(Editor’s Note: The following blog was adapted from the Humanity Project August newsletter, “Humanity News.” You can sign up to receive this free email newsletter by clicking the “Go” button in the right hand column of this home page.)
It’s done at last! After more than seven months of work, the Humanity Project’s new “I Care! teen driver safety program will launch this month. See the logo in the photo in this blog? That’s on the cover of a book that will form the foundation of the “I Care!” program … but the book is only the beginning. We plan a text message campaign, Facebook page and more to grab the attention of today’s busy teens. So what is “I Care!” all about? Under Humanity Project guidance, talented young people created a brief but powerful book intended for teens to share with their very best friends. We believe teenagers feel invulnerable when driving — and this can make them reckless. But we also think they’ll be more careful if they sign a pledge to their best friends, promising to drive safely out of friendship. That pledge includes a promise to read our cool new book. There’s much more to it than this, of course. You’ll have to read the book, which soon will be available for free downloads here on the Humanity Project website and elsewhere. Just go to our Programs page to look for the “I Care!” link. Our staffers from South Plantation High School in Florida came up with cool rap poetry, quizzes, stories, pics and more. There’s even a section written by our teens to help parents get a clue about handling their kids’ driving. “I Care!” was funded by a grant from State Farm Insurance, one of our major partners. We believe that this program will do just what we all intended from the start: To save teen lives and prevent injuries and property damage. Once you read the book, we think you’ll agree that this truly innovative program can work.