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Youth Driven

Youth Driven

By Becky White
The goal of this podcast is to educate youth and adults about traffic safety through meaningful conversations with youth, victims families and traffic safety experts. So if you are looking for a little more perspective around traffic safety we hope you will listen in and don't forget to take care of each on the roads and always lead by example.
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Ep. 12 MADD Victim Advocate - with Francie Mantak
Francie Mantak is the victim advocate for MADD RI and she couldn't be more perfect for this position. She is so kind and truly cares about the families and survivors she supports. During this episode we discuss what services she provides as a Victim Advocate, how this job has impacted her life and how important it is to address grief in a healthy way. Below is her contact information and a full description of services a MADD Victim Advocate provides. Email: Phone: 401-421-0800  x5403 Website: To be put in touch with a MADD Victim Advocate in your area or if you need to speak with someone immediately, call MADD’s Victim/Survivor Helpline at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435). A person’s life is forever changed following a drunk or drugged driving crash. Many victims and survivors are left not knowing what to do or where to turn. MADD Victim Services is here to help those following the aftermath of a crash at no cost to the victim. Victim Services Provided at No Charge- we strive to provide as many services as possible to victims of drugged and drunk driving crashes. Listed below are some examples of services that MADD may be able to provide, the actual services provided will be based on availability. Offer emotional support to those impacted by phone, in person or via email Provide a wide selection of free brochures and literature, available in both English and Spanish related to the aftermath of the crash. Provide information, education and assistance in understanding the various laws related to drunk and drugged driving laws in your area Education on the criminal justice process and court proceedings Assistance with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender. Depending on availability, sometimes MADD can provide accompaniment to court or if you are unable to attend, keep you informed of the legal proceedings Assist victims in understanding their rights as a victim and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation Assist in preparing statements for parole hearings or probation hearings Referrals to local community resources including but not limited to support groups, crisis professional counselors, and civil attorneys.
March 06, 2022
Ep. 11 Youth Perspective - Hunter
Hunter is a student leader who has been committed to Youth Driven since day one. Throughout this podcast Hunter shares his perspective about different traffic safety topics, including drugged driving, seat belts and much more. He is a driven individual and I am so pleased to introduce you to Hunter.
January 31, 2022
Ep. 10 Changing Road Infrastructure to Save Lives - with Liza Burkin
Liza Burkin is an urban planner, mobility advocate, writer, and is extremely passionate about roadway infrastructure and making our streets safer for all road users. In this podcast Liza explains how the infrastructure of our roads is so crucial to the safety of not just pedestrians and cyclists but for drivers too. Liza explains how adding a tree canopy over a road can reduce speeding or how adding curbs to an intersection can reduce the number of traffic crash incidents from occurring. Education and prevention programs help in reducing crashes but Liza explains why we also need to change the infrastructure of our road ways in order to reach our goal of zero fatalities. Liza is the lead organizer of the Providence Streets Coalition, which is an alliance of community organizations, local businesses, schools, institutions, civic leaders, and engaged individuals advocating for people-friendly streets in Providence. To learn more visit their website at
November 29, 2021
Ep. 9 Youth Perspective - Bella
Bella is one of our student leaders who is never scared of a challenge and always finds a way to get her traffic safety messages out to her school. Throughout this podcast Bella shares her perspective about different traffic safety topics, including seat belt safety, her exsperiance as a new driver and much more. She is one of the most driven students I have every met and it is my honor to introduce you to Bella.
November 17, 2021
Ep. 8 Mental Health & Traffic Safety with Isabelle Boullier
Isabelle shares her research project on mental health and traffic safety that she conducted during her 8 week internship with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She shares her main points from her research project and why it is important that we start to discuss how are mental health affects us while driving. To contact Isabelle Boullier directly you can email her at
October 14, 2021
Ep. 7 Drowsy Driving with Mary Maguire
Mary Maguire is the Massachusetts spokes person for AAA Northeast and will be discussing drowsy driving and why it is important to get a healthy amount of sleep before getting behind the wheel. Mary will also be sharing her personal story about the night her son fell asleep at the wheel and survived a horrific car crash. Mary also shares how that incident changed her family's life and drove her to become even more passionate about educating others about traffic safety.
October 08, 2021
Ep. 6 Traffic Safety Expert - Sergeant Wesley Pennington - RI State Police
Sergeant Wesley H. Pugh-Pennington of the Rhode Island State Police discusses the DUI Traffic Safety Unit, his expertise as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and why he is so passionate about traffic safety. He also shares how DREs can identify when an individual is driving under the influence of marijuana and educates our audience about what sort of penalties you will face if charged while driving high.
April 14, 2021
Ep. 5 Remembering Jeffrey Monica
Robin Monica shares the painful story of her son, Jeffrey Monica, who at the age of 19 died in a car crash. By sharing Jeff's story she hopes that people will learn that the choices you make when getting behind the wheel impaired can change not only your life but the lives of everyone you know, forever.  "I've seen fire and I've seen rain I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend But I always thought that I'd see you again" ~ James Taylor, 'Fire and Rain'
April 01, 2021
Ep. 4 Youth Perspective - Alakananda & Armina
Alakananda & Armina were very shy when I first met them a few years ago but now they are anything but quiet when advocating for safer roads. These two are dedicated, driven and lead by example everyday. They are born leaders and I am honored to introduce you to Alakananda & Armina.
March 17, 2021
Ep. 3 Driving High - Diana Gugliotta
Traffic safety expert, Diana Gugliotta is the Senior Manager of Public Affairs at AAA Northeast. During this episode we discuss the Shifting Gears program, that teaches students about the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.  Resources Discussed In This Episode:
February 24, 2021
Ep. 2 Youth Perspective - Sydney
Sydeny has been passionate about prevention work and traffic safety awareness since she was in middle school. Throughout this podcast Sydney shares her perspective about different traffic safety topics, including driving under the influence of marijuana, distracted driving and much more. She is a true student leader with a heart of gold and it is my honor to introduce you to Sydney.
February 10, 2021
Ep. 1 Finding My Purpose Through Tragedy with Becky White
Becky White found her passion for traffic safety after surviving a horrific car crash that killed her mother and friend. In this episode Becky shares her story about that terrible crash and what helped her turn such a devastating event into her 'why'. Her passion, her drive, her life purpose, which is to educate others about how to stay safe on our roads. 
January 27, 2021