Mark’s Mission to Help Students Make Smart Choices About Alcohol

Alcohol abuse is not a new topic on college campuses nationwide—but how much are college students informed on the consequences of excessive drinking?

Mark Sterner, CAMPUSPEAK’s most popular keynote speaker, has a very real and influential story to share with students about drunk driving. He speaks from experience, tells his personal story and even shares video from the night that changed his life.

Just three months before graduation, Mark and four of his best friends were enjoying their Spring Break. The last night of partying, the group decided that the least drunk would drive them home—this person was Mark.

The next morning, three of his best friends were dead, and Mark lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, Mark ended up the first member of his family to go to prison for his role in the tragic death of his three friends.

In his keynote, DUI: A Powerful Lesson©, Mark leaves students with a real story that forces them to confront their own decisions. He doesn’t preach or tell people what to do, but puts real faces to the tragic consequences of impaired driving by showing videotape the friends made of their trip, ending just moments before the crash. Mark helps students realize that the simple choice they make, like drinking and driving, can cause an everlasting impact on their friends, families and themselves.

Mark is a speaker with impact—he connects with students and uses his experience as a powerful consequence of drinking and driving. His keynote, heard by more than 2 million students, is perfect for Alcohol Awareness Month, wellness programming or National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week in the fall.

It’s time to get a head start on confronting the harmful effects of binge drinking and drunk driving on college campuses by letting students know the power of choices and how those choices can impact their life and the lives of their friends. Each April serves as a month for public awareness campaigns that encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, educate the students on your campus about the dangers of alcohol abuse and drunk driving to prevent them from becoming a negative statistic.

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