Project Yellow Light – Bringing awareness to teen accidents

Seven years ago this coming June my daughters, friends, and I sat around a pool at VA Beach after a weekend of sand soccer, waving to a good friend and her son, Brandon Bates. That was the last time we saw him. That night, him and two other teens’ lives ended way too soon. The family for one of the teens, Hunter Garner, started Project Yellow Light, a wonderful organization that awards scholarships and brings about awareness to the number one killer of teens – car accidents. Below is there story.You can find out more info on their website: Project Yellow Light.com.
If you get time, please stop by their site and like their page: Facebook Page 

On Twitter: @ProjYellowLight   

Hunter Garner was a great guy. He had a dry wit, wicked sense of humor, interesting creative mind, loved music, running, and had lots of friends from all walks of life. He died in a car crash on June 10, 2007. He was 16.

This scholarship was created to honor Hunter. The recipient each year will be an individual who embraces the unique qualities of all students regardless of academic or athletic achievement. Hunter would like that.

It is also a scholarship to help make a dent in the number-one killer of teens in America – car crashes. When you die, it’s not just your family that’s affected. The impact and loss is felt by hundreds – it’s a ripple. We know. Hunter’s death was felt far and wide.

If teens talk to each other about how losing someone close has impacted their life, or the prospect of losing someone, then we will start a vital conversation. Teens can talk to their peers in a voice and in a tone that they will listen to and respond to – in ways that adults cannot. And what better way to make a statement than through the medium of film. Each applicant is charged with creating a short film to help prevent teen crashes by encouraging other teens to develop and embrace safe driving habits.

Project Yellow Light was conceived shortly after Hunter’s death by his parents and sister, Julie, Lowell and Alexandra Garner. The scholarship started at Hunter’s high school, Riverbend in Fredericksburg, VA. Within four years, the project gained national attention and now, due to its amazing partners and the generosity of Mazda, it is reaching thousands of students across the nation.

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