Northern Lights Youth Services, Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation headquartered in Hillsboro, ND. NLYS was formed in 2003 with the primary task of providing oversight to the Northern Lights SADD program, but its mission goes further than that. The mission statement of NLYS is “to lead in the development and support of positive youth development,” and its vision is “youth realizing their potential”.
Although the NL SADD program remains at its core, NLYS will continue to strategically add programming and services to support its mission and the young people of our region, and to create a supportive environment for them in our schools, communities, and region.
SADD was formed in the Boston, MA area in 1981. Known initially as Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD expanded its mission and changed its name in 1997 to Students Against Destructive Decisions. Our core issues include underage drinking, tobacco and other drug use, traffic safety, suicide, violence, and more.
Northern Lights SADD has become recognized as one of the strongest and most innovative SADD networks in the nation, consistently producing passionate and capable youth leaders.