STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY FOUNDATION

Start Making Sense

aka SSDP   |   Washington, DC   |  http://ssdp.org/

Mission

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots
network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on
our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our
generation and our society.

SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the
political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and
more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War
policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Betty Jane Aldworth

Deputy Director

Stacia Cosner

Main address

2370 Champlain St NW #12

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

52-2296291

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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People use drugs; authorities attempt to reduce drug supply and demand through prohibition, force, or deterrence. Young people are disproportionately targeted and impacted by drug prohibition. Because of this they often face legal, social, and health risks.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campus Change Campaign

In 2007 SSDP expanded our Campus Change Campaign, designed to help SSDP activists change punitive drug policies on their campuses. With training from the SSDP national staff, over the course of the year many SSDP chapters ran highly successful campaigns: The University of California - Berkeley SSDP chapter convinced their student government to create a scholarship fund for students who lose their financial aid due to a drug conviction.

Population(s) Served

In July 2007 SSDP organized a weekend long leadership summit in Washington DC that was attended by nearly all SSDP national board members as well as SSDP's most promising chapter leaders. The weekend featured roundtable discussions, workshops, and trainings on grassroots organizing techniques, fundraising, student organizing, and SSDP specific campaigns. This leadership summit helped lead to the development of SSDP's 2008 strategic plan.

Population(s) Served

SSDP held its annual conference in conjunction with the 2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, organized by the Drug Policy Alliance in New Orleans in early December. Over 150 SSDP activists from around the country attended the conference. At the conference, SSDP organized two workshops that were mandatory for SSDP students to attend as a condition of receiving a scholarship to attend the conference.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy aims to mobilize and empower young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. SSDP does this while fighting back against counterproductive policies in particular those that directly harm students and youth. Our goal is to build a future where drug policies are informed by compassion, science, and human rights.

We cultivate a community that that treats young people with respect and compassion, and empowers them to build their own communities and identities. Our program staff coach students to organize and reform drug policies which impact their communities. Our Just Say Know Peer Education Program teaches young people about the substances around them and how to share this knowledge with their peers.

We have a program team of six: Director of Drug education who develops and train students in our Just Say Know Peer Education Program. We have two United States Movement Building Fellows who coach our students through community organizing, a United States Advocacy Fellow who coaches students in policy change and running campaigns, a Global Program coordinator who oversees our work outside of the United States, and two Global Fellows who organize on the ground with our members in Europe and West Africa.

-Repealed the Higher Education Act
The HEA was a piece of legislation in the United States that prevented thousands of young people with drug arrests on their criminal record from receiving federal financial aid. SSDP was instrumental in getting this law partially repealed in 2006.

-Contributed to Marijuana Legalization in the United States
SSDP members have played an important role in nearly every successful campaign to legalize adult-use or medical marijuana in the United States. We have made tens of thousands of calls to voters and conducted countless hours of grassroots outreach to educate voters on why marijuana legalization is a necessity.

-Started a Peer Education Program
Our peer education curriculum, Just Say Know, trains young people to address dangerous behaviors while also promoting prosocial and harm reduction oriented behaviors and attitudes, in lieu of an abstinence based approach to drugs.

-Passed Dozens of Campus Good Samaritan Policies and Trained Hundreds of People to use Naloxone
Throughout our history we have been campus leaders in promoting policies that save lives, such as 911 Good Samaritan policies and expanding access to the life-saving drug Naloxone on campuses around the world.

-Organized Solidarity with Drug War Victims
From Ayotzinapa to Manila, young people face an intense amount of state violence justified through drug control policies. SSDP chapters around the world have stood in solidarity with these victims by holding public vigils and demanding accountability from governments guilty of human rights violations against people who use drugs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eric Gudz

Kat Murti

CATO Institute

Eric Sterling

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Evan Nison

Terra Tech Corp, Compassion & Choices New Jersey, NIson Co.

Eric Gudz

Monique Chavez

Kevin Garcia

Katie Stone

Sara Velimirovic

Ismail Ali

Rachel Wissner

Zane Bader

Juana Boetang

Richard Hartnell

Ailogwehme Taiwo

Robert Hoffman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes