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Every day you see advertisements for an infinite array of products that promise life-changing results—anti-aging soda made from the leaves of a magical forest, electronics that induce spontaneous flash mobs, a diet breakfast sandwich that transforms you into a supermodel, whatever. You may scoff at most and chuckle at a few, and some may not even register on your radar. And how many of them do you think will ever save a life? How many may save your life or your best friend’s life? A sibling’s, a classmate’s, a teammate’s?

Reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in America, and it is something 100% preventable—so the only message that needs selling is the very real and attainable: “let’s fix it.” That’s where you come into play. As a teenager, you’re perfectly poised to spread this vital message to your peers and start saving lives today. No gimmicks. You don’t need the focus groups or the billion-dollar budget, because you already possess the insider intel and the creative power is oozing from your fingertips.

Just enter the Create Real Impact Contest to tell the world your best idea of how to solve the problem of reckless and distracted driving. Enter to win educational grants of $500 and $1500—money that can be spent on tuition or school supplies like laptops.

  • Video: Two minutes or less Public Service Announcement uploaded to YouTube.
  • Music: Two minutes or less original piece of music, any style, uploaded to YouTube.
  • Creative writing: 1200 words or less uploaded directly to www.CreateRealImpact.com.
  • Visual Art: Original work in any medium uploaded directly or as a picture to www.CreateRealImpact.com.

You are the future whether you like it or not, but you choose the footprint you make. Go to www.CreateRealImpact.com for all the details.

What sets your favorite song apart from all the other songs? Haunting melody maybe. A voice that is somehow appealing. Maybe no vocals—just a pleasing fusion of auditory vibrations…but your favorite is more than just pleasing, right? Songs with alluring intros and catchy hooks are great, but few frothy pop songs really stand the test of time. What makes a song transcend generational barriers and become an anthem for the ages?

Its message.

It makes you feel something with its message. A powerful message is what divides a ditty from a masterpiece, and what could be a more powerful subject to take on than the number one killer of teens in America? Reckless and distracted driving kills roughly 4,000 teens every year, leaving another 400,000+ seriously injured. Make your mark on the world with a solution-driven piece of music that defies this trend.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a complicated piano piece to make an impact. You don’t have to be a guitar prodigy or play the Didgeridoo to spread a powerful message through your music. There is no age minimum or limit on musical talent, no gender or color or socioeconomic background. Talent is born because it chooses to be born, out of passion and dedication that we believe you have.

Harmony, rhythm, and tempo may all be important components, but don’t let technique intimidate you; the emotional tenor of your message is the most important mechanism for change. Start cultivating your passion today and save lives with your song.

Create Music; Create Real Impact

Enter your life-saving music, check out the other categories, or read the rules at www.CreateRealImpact.com

They say “practice makes perfect,” but when it comes to driving, you practice in the pursuit of survival rather than perfection. Graduating Driver Licensing is designed to help save your life, because it effectively structures your driving practice.

The idea behind GDL is the same idea behind swimming—you wouldn’t throw a baby into the English Channel and shout, “SWIM!” Anyone trying to teach a child to swim would probably start out in a pool, and hold the toddler in their arms to supervise the first splashing session. Then, after a few years maybe allow them to frolic in the shallow-end, eventually take swimming lessons, etc. Finally, gold medals are in sight, and it wasn’t the icy cold immersion in English Channel either—it was the practice that escalated gradually in intensity. That word, “gradual” is key.

Just like life jackets were not designed to “take the fun out of swimming,” GDL was not created to “take the fun out of driving.” States created these programs in order to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities of teen drivers. GDL has been shown to reduce crash rates by up to 50% (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Why are there nighttime restrictions?

  • Night driving is more dangerous than day driving due to limited visibility, increased risk of drowsiness, and higher rate of impaired drivers on the roads.
  • Teenage crash deaths in 2012 occurred most frequently from 9 p.m. to midnight (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Restrictions allow teens to gain experience driving during the day before allowing them to drive in the more dangerous situation of night.

Why are there passenger restrictions?

  • Each teen passenger increases the risk of a teen driver crash—with three or more passengers quadrupling the risk. (National Safety Council)
  • In 2012, 54 percent of deaths among teenage passengers occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Restrictions protect teens from distractions like friends and peers and protect the friends and peers from a driver who is at the highest crash risk.

Follow the law! Live it! Love it!

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