Jacobs student attends SADD conference

ALGONQUIN – An H.D. Jacobs High School student recently attended a youth advocacy institute in Washington.

Tucker Lehman, of Algonquin, was one of 22 students from around the country earlier this month to attend the Students Against Destructive Decisions conference of public policy issues related to traffic safety.

The conference was called SADD SPEAKs, Students for Policy Education, Advocacy and Knowledge.

Organizers said in a news release that the institute is expected to be an annual event.

Participants in the events now plan to try to influence state and federal policy at the local level and mobilize students to become effective advocates for teen safety programs, the news release said.

"Teens working together on policy development demonstrates the value of incorporating a youth perspective on these issues and empowers us to influence both our peers and the government officials responsible for traffic safety policy," Lehman said.