Recently, Safe Kids Georgia Program Coordinator Mahwish Javed and Operations Coordinator Laura Coleman visited four coalitions in the Coastal Georgia area. The goal of the trip was to check in with the coalitions and talk with each about their successes and challenges with their coalitions.

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The first day they went from Safe Kids Wayne in Jesup with Carol Irvin to Safe Kids Toombs in Vidalia with Bonnie Brantley. Safe Kids Wayne hosted a “Teen Driving Roadeo” the weekend prior and discussed things that could be done to improve the next one held. Bonnie was invited to Washington DC to the Road Safety Conference with Safe Kids Worldwide due to the great work she has done in Toombs County.

The next day they visited with Stephanie Gendron with Safe Kids Savannah and Sgt. Jimmy Billings in Statesboro with Safe Kids Bulloch. Stephanie was planning for a large bike safety event coming up in December and Bulloch is making great strides with their car seat program.

The passion for injury prevention was evident with each coalition coordinator as the new Teens in the Driver’s Seat program was discussed along with assisting each coalition with the new reporting system. Coalition building and retention of members was another topic that was discussed. While phone calls and emails do give the state office a snapshot of the status of coalitions, a face to face visit on site provides a better understanding of the needs of each local coalition so they and their community can be better served.

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