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Spotlight With David Daggett: Safe Sober Teen Center Opens


I’ve had the privilege of working with the Triad’s young people over the past few decades through many different programs, from Big Brothers Big Sisters to coaching wrestling and more, including the Daggett Shuler Safe Sober Program. While we all know young people are our future, some  of them really need our help.  All of them need our support and encouragement.  Yes, the best way to a great future to is focus on our youth, now!  Let’s get started!

Our Safe Sober program has launched into a new era designed to have an even bigger, longer-lasting impact on the young people of the Triad.  Of course, we have been an institution in the community for more than three decades! Over the years, the Safe Sober program has reached more than 600,000 students across the Triad and with this new program, we aim to reach even more!

 Now in our 34th year of the Safe Sober program, we have embarked on a bright new chapter of deeply impacting our young people through mentorship, positive peer pressure, and the Safe Sober message. A lasting, meaningful chapter with a 10-year agreement.

Safe Sober is proud to announce a new partnership with the William G. White, Jr. YMCA. This fall the Safe Sober Teen Center by Daggett Shuler opened, providing a safe space, enriched learning, and mentorship for teens looking for a positive influence on their lives. We are incorporating the values of both the Safe Sober program, and the guiding principles of the YMCA to create a space for teens to come after school where they can do homework, hang out in a safe environment, receive guidance, and engage in enrichment activities to set themselves and their friends up for success in their academic year.

Many of our young people need a safe place to go after school.  The YMCA Safe Sober Teen Center by Daggett Shuler is a freshly renovated space built to serve the needs of the community of teens we serve!  Students can come after school to have a snack, relax, study, play, and have fun all in a safe space and environment.  There will be staff on duty to assist and guide the students, as well as mentors, many from Daggett Shuler, who will come in to give leadership, guidance, and direction. 

Winston-Salem Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough and Police Chief William Penn, Jr. believe this will have a positive impact on our communities.  We appreciate their encouragement and support as we have embarked on this project.  They are convinced that it is initiatives like this that will keep our community safer and make it even better in the future.

Remember, they are our future AND it takes all of us!  Won’t you please stop by and join us?  You will be impressed with our young people and your encouragement and support will help them along the way.  Together, we can all have a positive impact on our young people and ensure the quality of our community in the future.  Let’s launch!

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston