Project Ignition

Project Ignition

Project Ignition addresses teen-driver safety issues and empowers youth to lead campaigns that make measurable differences in their schools, their communities, and beyond. It is founded on a service-learning strategy that embeds the topic of teen-driver safety more deeply within a school/afterschool programs and makes connections to academic goals.


Changing Teen Driver Behavior

Driven by research and more than ten years of experience, Project Ignition has engaged teens across the country to create change. The impact is profound. The experiences are emotional. The lessons are unforgettable. Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescents. Project Ignition students address this fact by working in teams, creating budgets and timelines, and reaching out to engage schools and Afterschool programs with community partners. They bring people together — and they’re saving lives.

This initiative is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In partnership with NHTSA, Project Ignition students are working to effectively increase seat-belt usage among teens — a safety precaution that is proven to save lives in motor vehicle accidents.


About the Program

The National Youth Leadership Council, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has launched a multi-year program dedicated to working with young people around the country to identify best practices to increase seatbelt usage in their community.

Qualities of Successful Schools/Afterschool programs:

  • A team of youth and adults committed to work in partnership to make change in their school and community
  • Organized, responsive, and dedicated
  • Committed to work WITH their identified community and national experts to bring positive change
  • Committed to improving teen driver safety and increase seatbelt usage in their larger community


  • Attendance in October 2019 two and a half day Youth Leadership Training & Kick-off Meeting in Minnesota for adult mentor and two youth
  • Submission of project plan by November 15, 2019
  • Quarterly progress reports and final report
  • Participation in monthly professional development trainings
  • Participation in National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26, 2019)


  • Complete a service-learning project focused on increasing seatbelt usage in the community
  • Document work through online service-learning community site
  • Work in collaboration with NYLC to connect with local and national experts to expand the impact of your project
  • Opportunity to attend the 2020 National Service-Learning Conference and present best practices
  • Attend October 2019 kick-off training


  • Monthly professional development for educators and students on high-quality service-learning and youth leadership
  • Opportunity to attend two and a half day fall kick-off leadership training & kick-off event (airfare and hotel included) 
  • $1,000 stipend to implement the project in your community in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Project Ignition banner for your school/organization
  • Opportunity to attend the National Service-Learning Conference in 2020
  • National recognition by the National Youth Leadership Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Meet the 2019-2020 Teams!

Plainfield South


Harvard High School

Harvard, IL

Woodrow Wilson High School

Portsmouth, VA

Collinsville High

Collinsville, IL

Three Forks FCCLA

Three Forks, MT

Mercer County High School

Aledo, IL

Perry Service Learning Program

Perry, OH

Butler County Safe Communities

Middletown, OH

East Central High School FCCLA

Brookville, IN

Cypress Ridge Interact - Interact Club

Houston, TX

Randolph Elem / Fenger H.S. / CPS

Chicago, IL

Gillespie High School MPACT'D

Gillespie, IL

Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammon

Arthur, IL

Urbana High School

Urbana, IL

Skully Serves

Seattle, WA

Camp Fire New Jersey

Trenton, NJ
Belton High School Kansas City, MO
Making Our Future Possible....By Being Safe Today! Jackson, KY

Making Dreams Come True, Valley of Rainbow

Waianae, HI
Camp Fire Patuxent Bowie, MD


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Teen Driver Safety Best Practices Toolkit

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