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NOYS builds partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth while encouraging youth empowerment and leadership.

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Isabella Diecidue

Recent Press Releases

March 12, 2018: The Great American NO BULL Challenge Find New Home at NOYS

February 26, 2018: Michael Lissack, Amy Kulp, Mo Canady and Shawn Edgington Join NOYS Board of Directors

January 26, 2018: NOYS Announces April Rai as New CEO

November 27, 2017: NOYS joins Global Giving Tuesday Movement with Campaign for Youth Serving Non-Profits

October 13, 2017: Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan Joins NTSB and NOYS at Rosecroft Raceway on October 16th to Kick-Off National Teen Driver Safety Week

September 21, 2017: SYLVANIA Automotive and National Organizations for Youth Safety Provide Safe Driving Tips for Back-to-School Season

September 21, 2017: Teens Nationwide Invited to Join “Seat Belts Save Challenge”

May 25, 2017: Cooper Tire Launches New Tread Wisely Mobile App To Help Young Drivers Be Safer on the Road; Teams With The National Organizations for Youth Safety

May 5, 2017: SYLVANIA Automotive Shines Light on Dangers of Teen Nighttime Driving, partners with NOYS during GYTSM

May 4, 2017: New Youth Ambassador Team to Run Grassroots Campaign for Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely Tire Safety Initiative

March 20, 2017: Miami High Schoo Wins National “Seat Belts Save Challenge”

October 17, 2016: B.R.A.K.E.S Free Teen Defensive Driving Program Partners with NOYS for 2016 Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab

April 25, 2016: Mimi Sabates, Nina Jo Saint and Sara Stickler Join NOYS Board of Directors







Fast Facts on Youth Safety


Traffic Safety

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among those ages 16 to 23 than other age groups. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers ages 16 to 23 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

A total of 2,820 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is 3 percent more than in 2015. About 2 of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2016 were males.


According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics:

  • In 2016, over 60 percent of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained; and
  • In 2016, 15 percent of teens involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, despite the fact that all states have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21.



Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. In 2016, the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1 per 100,000), New Hampshire (39.0 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (37.9 per 100,000) and (Kentucky (33.5 per 100,000).


Young adults (age 18-25) are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers, ADHS stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs.


Illicit drug use among teenagers remains high, largely due to increasing popularity of marijuana. Marijuana use by adolescents declined from the late 1990s until the mid-to-late 2000s, but has been on the increase since then. Marijuana use passes daily cigarette use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.



Suicide remains a reading cause of death for youth age 15-24. An increase was seen from 2015 to 2016, continuing the recent rate increases after long-term trends of decline (American Association of Suicidology, 2016). The proportion of high school students who report they have thought seriously about attempting suicide ticked upward, after having fallen substantially since the early 1990s.


According to the 2016 Indicators of School Crime and Safety Report, in 2015, about 21% of students age 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the year. In 2015, among students age 12-18, there were about 841,1000 nonfatal victimizations (violent crimes, theft and assault) at schools.