Awards & Recognition
Our research-driven strategies and validated outcomes have earned our team these awards:
- NREPP Certification- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, 2016
- NASADAD Award-National Exemplary Award for Innovative Programs, Practices and Policies, 2014
- Service to Science Award for Building Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-Based Interventions, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2013
- Service to Science Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2011
- Governor’s Traffic Safety Award for Long-term Achievement 2011
With collective experience that spans a century, our team’s dedication to the health, safety and empowerment of youth is unparalleled. We stand firmly in our belief that when you capture the passion of youth, give them focus, support and agency, you change lives. SLS has been doing just this since 1982 and our commitment has never waivered.
Meet Our People
Board of Directors
Meet Our Student Advisory Board
Established in 1986, we train each passionate group of emerging leaders to lead and teach their peers and younger students. They work with our team and member schools to promote youth involvement, networking and stakeholder partnerships. The Student Advisory Board (SAB) develops and leads conferences, assemblies and workshops. These students are dedicated to creating healthy, safe and inclusive schools and communities across Michigan and we are proud to help them do this important work!
GET TO KNOW Mariam
Before the first SAB meeting, I had never met Mariam. When I did meet her for the first time, she was extremely friendly. She asked me many questions to get to know me, which I appreciated because it’s hard for me to initiate conversation sometimes. We talked for a while, and a lot was said. I learned a lot about Mariam, the most important being that she’s an avid chicken lover. Apart from her culinary preferences, I learned that her favourite subject in school is English because she enjoys writing. She writes about things that appeal to her, topics she’s genuinely interested in, and they’re mostly non-fiction pieces like reports. She wants to study journalism in college, so that makes a lot of sense. When I asked her if she could change one thing in the world what it would be, it took a while for her to answer. But eventually, after a few minutes of deep thinking, she said the cost of college. And I agree with her. Her best all-time tv show is Dance Moms because, like a true journalist, she loves knowing all the tea. She loved watching all the drama, and to be honest I can’t say I blame her. Lastly, when I asked her what she does to relax, she said she goes to the park to use the swings while listening to music to clear her head. To sum it all up, Mariam is the most amazing future journalist, dance mom enthusiast, and chicken lover I’ve ever met.
GET TO KNOW SHANAE
As I’m going into my last year on the student advisory board I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some cool amazing quirky people on the board ! From Izzy, to Loretta, Kenzie, Alex, Gia & now my new lil sidekick Shanae Obi from Taylor High School in Taylor MI! Here are a few little fun things to get to know Shanae. Shanae is an amazing young lady who enjoys anime. Her fav show of all time is ‘Attack on Titans’ due to the storytelling done by Hajime Isayama. “It just amazes me how creative & talented he is!” she says. I asked her where do you feel the safest? She replied with my house of course but my bathroom in particular. In the bathroom there’s a lock unlike my room & I can do whatever I need to do & have my peace. Which is very understandable lol! The last movie she watched in the theater was a marvel movie, ‘Dr. Strange.’ My last random question I asked Shanae was ‘What was the last book you read?’ The last book she read was called ‘And Then There were None’ written by ‘Agatha Christie.’ It’s about people being sent to an island & being killed off at some point in the story. Seems interesting I might have to read it. As you can tell Shanae is a pretty cool person, I can’t wait to conquer the last year on the S.A.B ! Give it up for the amazing SHANAE OBI FROM TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL EVERYONE!
It makes us proud that former Student Advisory Board (SAB) members and other young adults who have benefited from SLS programs continue to support us after they graduate. They return because they want to pass on the strength, skills, and knowledge that they acquired as members of SLS programs. As part of our team, our alumni volunteers help with financial contributions, event planning, technology support, student and chapter mentoring, and fundraising. We are inspired by and incredibly grateful for their ongoing involvement!