Casey Feldman Foundation Makes “NOYS” at National Teen Distracted Driving Summit

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

By Dianne L. Anderson

The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) held its 2012 Teen Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this month and heard from many speakers, including Joel Feldman, father of Casey Feldman and founder of EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving).

NOYS youth leaders had the opportunity to meet with other dedicated teens, safety professionals and families that have been affected by distracted driving. Numerous events were planned to help youth leaders from across the country develop distracted driving prevention programs that they can implement in their local communities. The teens will lead awareness activities throughout the school year, culminating in May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Educational programs, experiential programs and focus groups were among the many events in which the teen leaders participated.

Joel Feldman addressing the teen leaders at the summit

The teens also set out in teams to observe traffic in Washington, particularly as it relates to pedestrian safety.

Joel Feldman talked about his efforts to reduce distracted driving and discussed the EndDD.org Student Awareness Initiative presentation, offering it to the teens to use, and also offering lawyer or health care providers to come into their schools and help students raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving in their communities.

Joel said “I look forward to working with many of these exceptional student leaders. Meeting many of them and talking about distracted driving helped me better understand some of the challenges we face in changing teen driving behaviors. Most of the teens also shared that their parents drive distracted- I know that our driving culture needs to change and am convinced that change will come from the efforts of young people like these NOYS Youth Leaders.”

Phi Sigma Pi – Alpha Epsilon Holds 3rd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert April 2012

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Ryan Gellar (L) and Jimmy Donahue completing forms to commit to safer driving

By Dianne L. Anderson

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the third annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 14, 2012. Over $1500 in proceeds were raised on behalf of the Foundation.

Donating their musical talents in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Reservoir and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and were able to purchase EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) wristbands, keytags, bumper magnets and t-shirts. All attendees were also able to purchase raffle tickets for goods and services donated by local vendors. “Casey” tables were in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers don their "Because of Casey" t-shirts

Casey Feldman’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman, spoke to the group about Casey and the fact that a distracted driver struck her while she was in a crosswalk on a summer afternoon at the Jersey shore. Mr. Feldman took the opportunity to introduce the 3 minute video clip of Casey which appears on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted website and spoke to the students about the issue of distracted driving.

Stated Mr. Feldman, “As Dianne and I speak with students in high schools and colleges as part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are encouraged by the willingness of young people to examine their driving behaviors and commit to becoming safer drivers. This is the feedback similar to what we have received from the hundreds of trial lawyers around the country and Canada who are also speaking with students as part of the Casey Feldman Foundation’s  www.EndDD.org initiative.”

Joel Feldman gets a hug from Amber Staska, Casey's friend and former Fraternity President who planned the first concert in 2010

The students at the Phi Sigma Pi sponsored concert exhibited the same willingness and completed forms committing to specific concrete actions for driving safer. “Hopefully you can all talk to your parents as well when you go home, since distracted driving is not just a young people’s problem. It is everyone’s” stated Joel.

 

Related Links:

Photos from the 2012 concert

Phi Sigma Pi Alpha Epsilon

Photos and videos from prior years concerts and traffic safety campaigns

All  Foundation articles on Phi Sigma Pi

 

Third Annual Casey Benefit Concert Scheduled For April 14th

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Casey Feldman, 1988-2009

Phi Sigma Pi -Alpha Epsilon Chapter has scheduled the third annual Casey Feldman benefit concert for April 14, 2012 in the Sykes Student Ballrooom at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. It is set to commence at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are a mere $5 at the door. Once again this year, all proceeds will benefit NOYS, the National Organizations For Youth Safety,  which has co-sponsored the YOUTH-Turn program with the Casey Feldman Foundation.

Live bands will provide entertainment, Casey’s parents will speak and local vendors have offered goods and services for raffle. Join us on April 14th or make a donation to the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation.

Go to News and Updates on this Foundation site and click on West Chester University Phi Sigma Pi to read about the last two benefit concerts.

Casey Feldman Foundation Partners with NOYS for Second Annual YOUTH-Turn Contest

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

YOUTH-Turn, a program of National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), sponsored by the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), is inspiring young people to a turn traffic adversity into action with its annual Youth-Turn It Around Awards. The annual contest is open to middle school, high school and college students. Award winners will be awarded up to $2000 for their student organization for implementing a positive project in their school and community which addresses a traffic adversity. The deadline for registration is April 17, 2012. Go to the NOYS website for details.

Last year had three winners sharing  $10,000 in cash prizes. In 2011, the  first-place award winner, the Howells-Clarkson, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter of Howells, Nebraska received $5000.00 for their “Wear Your Seat Belt!” project. The FCCLA chapter created the project to avoid future tragedies after one of their members was involved in a serious car crash. Second place winner, the University of Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) was awarded $3000 for addressing the impaired driving that takes place on the day of the Foxfield Races steeplechase event near Charlottesville, VA. Third place award recipient, the SADD (Students Against Destructive Behavior) chapter at Easthampton High School of Easthampton, Massachusetts received the third-place prize of $2,000 for their efforts in reducing teen driving fatalities. You can read more about last year’s projects and award winners here.

Turning Adversity Into Action – Foundation Partners With NOYS and Announces YOUTHTurn Winners

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

With funding from the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) launched the first-ever Youth – Turn it Around Awards Program. Recognition and cash prizes went to to youth organizations that utilized the YOUTH-Turn resource and turned tragic adversity into positive action in their schools and communities. The program was launched in May in celebration of National Youth Traffic Safety month and in conjunction with the launching of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety where Casey’s parents were recognized for their effort in traffic safety. The winners have recently been announced:

Wear Your Seatbelt! -  Youth Organization Receives $5000 Traffic Safety Award

The Howells-Clarkson,  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter of Howells, Nebraska received the first-place YOUTH-Turn It Around Award of $5000.00. After one of their members was involved in a serious car crash, the FCCLA chapter created a project titled “Wear Your Seat Belt!”. The project addressed the important traffic safety concern of encouraging teen drivers to wear seat belts, and the chapter focused their efforts on educating students, using seat belt surveys, hosting visits from state officials, writing newspaper articles, showcasing artistic displays, and hosting an elementary school poster contest.

The group collaborated with teachers, administrators, local police, county police, the Nebraska State Patrol, and fire and rescue teams. The goal of the chapter was to educate the school and community in an effort to avoid future tragedies. The group administered a seat belt survey before their project and also after their project. Results from the survey after the project indicated that the rate of seat belt use was higher because of their efforts.

Be a Savvy Fox! – College Peer Educators Receive $3000 Traffic Safety Award

The University of Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators recently received the second-place YOUTH-Turn it Around Award of $3,000 for their project titled “Be a Savvy Fox!”. They addressed the traffic safety concern of impaired driving on the day of the Foxfield Races steeplechase event near Charlottesville, VA. The group highlighted the problem of the all-day tailgaiting leading to excessive drinking and unfortunate consequences, following a crash  that occurred when a high school student drove after consuming alcohol at the Foxfield Races. After the crash, a survey was given to assess drinking and impaired driving behaviors. Results indicated that drinking and then driving was a major concern during this event.

As part of their campaign, students created media materials, led a social media campaign, and coordinated a student safety tent that provided free water, snacks, sunscreen, and information on race day. They used focus groups to test their messages and products. They also created a pledge campaign and gave out t-shirts to the first 500 students who signed the pledge. Results from their survey at the end of the program indicated that fewer students drove after drinking than in previous years, thanks to the group’s efforts.

 

Students Can Celebrate Without Drugs or Alcohol – Youth Organization Receives $2000 Traffic Safety Award

Students in the SADD (Students Against Destructive Behavior) chapter at Easthampton High School of Easthampton, Massachusetts recently received the third-place $2,000 YOUTH-Turn It Around Award for their efforts in reducing teen driving fatalities. After experiencing two tragedies in the last four years as a result of poor decision making on the part of both parents and teens related to alcohol use, the chapter decided to take action.

Students worked to conduct two social norms marketing campaigns where both high school seniors and their parents were asked a series of survey questions. Several of the answers to the questions were made into posters that were distributed at different times during the month of May. Messages included “96% of seniors believe that they would not get into a car with someone who has been drinking after the prom” and “Easthampton seniors believe that they can have fun at the prom without drugs or alcohol” and “8 out of 10 Easthampton seniors strongly believe that graduation night can be celebrated fully without drugs or alcohol”.

Posters with information from the parent survey were also displayed in the school, around the community, and on two billboards by the two main entrances to the community. Students also completed a sticker shock campaign, helped with compliance checks, and organized a health fair with interactive activities. After the events, one student wrote a letter to the school administration, asking that they help stop alcohol abuse by having a breathalizer at the prom. Other students supported the letter writer and provided their own ideas to help. As a result of the SADD chapter’s efforts, the community also created a substance abuse prevention task force, with students serving on the task force.

 

Related Posts and Links:

Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson Recognized at Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in Washington, D.C.

U.S. DOT  Faces of Distracted Driving Casey Feldman Video

NOYS Youth Turn YouTube video featuring Casey’s friends talking about the loss of Casey and turning adversity into something positive

Phi Sigma Pi Delivers Check to NOYS at the Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in D.C.

-  Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

NOYS YOUTH-Turn

- ENDDD.org – End Distracted Driving website sponsored by Casey Feldman Foundation

 

 

 

Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson Recognized at Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

 

Casey's father, Joel Feldman and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Chariman, Make Roads Safe North America, and U.S. Member, Commission for Global Road Safety

Dianne Anderson & Joel Feldman with Grover

Phi Sigma Pi brothers Jessica Barr and Phil Knakiak, Casey's mother, Dianne Anderson, NOYS official, Sandy Spavone and Joe Toole, Associate Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Safety

Phil Knasiak and Jess Barr at the afternoon Safety Expo

The United Nations, in cooperation with many countries across the world, launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety on May 11, 2011. It is a 10 year plan to reduce highway deaths by 5 million and injuries from highway accidents by 50 million worldwide.

The focus of the activities in the United States was in Washington, D.C., where highway safety professionals, legislators , business leaders and individuals met to unveil the coordinated efforts to stem the rising tide of highway death and injuries. Those efforts will include legislation, education, engineering to make highways safer and targeted behavioral changes.  Highway crashes are now recognized as an international public health threat, similar to diseases, which requires a multi-faceted approach to save millions of lives. Norman Mineta, former United States Secretary of Transportation and Chairman of Make Roads Safe North America, Thomas Frieden, M.D., Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, John L. Mica, US. House of Representatives, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were among those who spoke at the day’s events.

Family members of those who have been killed in highway accidents were recognized for their efforts to promote highway safety, including Casey’s parents, Joel Feldman and  Dianne Anderson  Casey’s story is part of a public service video the Feldman family created and produced for the U.S. Dept of Transportation and which is featured on its website “Faces of Distracted Driving.” The 3 minute video can be viewed  here.

The program was coordinated by NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) and NOYS student leaders from across the country were featured in presentations. New data was revealed  indicating that from May through September, teens are twice as likely to die in the US from traffic accidents than in any other months. Three new public service videos focused on traffic safety  starring Sesame Street’s Grover were screened.   The official road safety symbol of the campaign-the yellow tag- was revealed and displayed simultaneously in cities across the US and the world.  For more information visit decadeofaction.org.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers, Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr joined the Feldmans at the day’s activities and presented a check  to NOYS representing the proceeds raised at this year’s benefit concert in April. Read the article on the Foundation News and Updates blog. View additional photos from the day’s events here.

Related Posts and Links:

- NOYS Youth Turn YouTube video featuring Casey’s friends talking about the loss of Casey and turning adversity into something positive

Phi Sigma Pi Delivers Check to NOYS at the Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in D.C.

- Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

Phi Sigma Pi Delivers Check to NOYS at the Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in D.C.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Phi Sigma Pi delivering the check to NOYS. L to R: NOYS officials, Sandy Spavone and Nicole Graziosi, Phi Sigma Pi brothers Phil Knasiak, Jess Barr, and Casey's parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi presented a check in the amount of $3800 to NOYS, the National Organizations for Youth Safety on May 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The check delivery coincided with National Youth Safety Month and the launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Phi Sigma Pi raised $1900 in proceeds at the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation concert on April 9, 2011. The Foundation matched the proceeds raised by the fraternity.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr with the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta at the morning press event launching the Decade of Action For Road Safety 2011-2020

Fraternity brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr participated in the day’s events with Casey Feldman’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman. It included the launching of the Decade for Road Safety in front of the U.S. Capitol in the morning and a safety expo in the afternoon, followed by a Congressional briefing in the Capitol.

Fraternity brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr manning the Foundation table at the Safety Expo

The goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety is to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million injuries worldwide over the next 10 years.

For more information see  http://www.decadeofaction.org/. Read the article on the Foundation News and Updates blog here. See more photos from the day here.

Related Posts and Links:

- Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson Recognized at Launching of the Decade of Action for Road  Safety in Washington, D.C.

-   NOYS Youth Turn YouTube video featuring Casey’s friends talking about the loss of Casey and turning adversity into something positive

Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

- Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert

- WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

-  Video,” Casey Feldman Original Concert.mov” produced by Phi Sigma Pi for 2010 Concert  (what others are doing because of Casey; pedestrian safety campaign; Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation)

Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Fraternity brothers Megan Coryell, Leah Coan, Marilyn Wellnitz and Tiara Whaley at the concert

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the second annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 9, 2011. Over $1900 in proceeds were raised for NOYS, the National Organization for Youth Safety, and matched by the Foundation. Funds raised by the Fraternity this year surpassed last year’s proceeds by some $600.

Fraternity brothers Maureen Alle, Becka Cancelosi, and Kelcie Ireson taking tickets at the door

Donating their musical talents  in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Do Re Mi Fa Soul and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and received a pink “Casey” bracelet. All attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets for good and services donated by local vendors; bumper magnets that promote pedestrian safety; and t-shirts that read “I brake for pedestrians… brake for me.” A special “Casey” table was in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey as well as a  photographic slideshow of Casey’s life, prepared by Amber Staska, former Phi Sigma Pi President and one of Casey’s best friends.

Fraternity brothers Marliyn Wellnitz and Karina Nunez.

Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman spoke to the group about Casey and the fact that a distracted driver struck her while she was in a crosswalk on an otherwise normal summer afternoon at the shore. Mr. Feldman took the opportunity to introduce the 3 minute video clip of Casey which appears on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted website.

Students were interviewed throughout the evening about how their driving habits have changed as the result of their awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.  According to one student, ”When I drive now, that is the only task that I am doing.”  Video footage will be available in a future News and Updates blog article.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and Casey’s parents will be presenting the proceeds to NOYS at its national meeting and convention in Washington, D.C. on May 11th.

Related Posts and Links:

-Photos from the concert

- WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

- Amber Staska Discusses Distracted Driving in Seventeen Magazine

- West Chester University Honors Fraternity Holds Pedestrian Safety Campaign and Fundraiser for Foundation, to read about last year’s campaign and concert

- Casey Feldman Original.mov, “Because of Casey” video produced by Phi Sigma Pi for 2010 benefit concert

- Amber Staska Sings at Phi Sigma Benefit concert in Memory of Casey Feldman, video wtih photos

WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Phi Sigma Pi brothers are joined by Dianne Anderson in delivering a check after last year's concert to Father Kevin Murray of the Sarnelli House in Philadelphia

Phi Sigma Pi at West Chester University in Pa. has scheduled the 2nd annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert on Sat. April 9, 2011. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Sykes Student Union on campus. Featured bands include Ryan Colestock, Do Re Mi Fa Soul and The GoAround. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) of which the Foundation has become a national partner. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation will match all proceeds raised at the concert. RSVP on Phi Sigma Pi’s Facebook event page or on the Casey Feldman Network.

 NOYS is a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation will be working with NOYS to implement a national program that will help students who have lost a classmate in a traffic accident to take their grief and focus it in a way to promote positive change. Students from across the country will be provided with a tool kit and suggestions for actions that can be taken to use a tragedy as a catalyst for positive change. Voting will take place with the winners receiving cash prizes.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and Dianne Anderson delivering a check to Main Line Animal Rescue after last year's concert

Last year’s concert and safety campaign was a huge success and resulted in Phi Sigma Pi’s President and Casey’s best friend Amber Staska being featured in Seventeen Magazine. Click here to view the article about last year’s concert which also contains links to the photo gallery. View the Phi Sigma Pi “Because of Casey….” video on YouTube. View the video of Amber singing in honor of Casey at last year’s concert by clicking on the photo below.Amber sings,

Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation is excited to announce that it has been recognized as a national sponsor for the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS). NOYS is a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. NOYS was created in 1994 as a coalition of national nonprofit organizations and federal agencies to promote collaboration of youth member and youth serving organizations and agencies. Through this network,  NOYS influences more than 80 million young people, ages 5 to 24 and adult advisors. Casey’s story, and details of what has been done in Casey’s memory, is now one of several on the NOYS website .

The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation will be working with NOYS to implement a national program that will help students who have lost a classmate in a traffic accident to take their grief and focus it in a way to promote positive change. Students from across the country will be provided with a tool kit and suggestions for actions that can be taken to use a tragedy as a catalyst for positive change. Voting will take place with the winners receiving cash prizes.  Stay tuned for more details on the blog and visit http://www.caseyfeldmanfoundation.org/noys.asp for more information.