Our Voice for Injury Prevention Speakers

Education is a key component to traumatic brain and spinal cord injury prevention and overall safety.  When we are informed, we make better decisions. Some of the most powerful educational tools are real stories.  If you are someone who has suffered a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury and would like to share your story with others so they can learn the importance of safe practices, email us at  

Voices for Injury Prevention (VIPs), speakers who share their experiences with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, are important to the ThinkFirst educational program.
VIPs must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have experienced a traumatic injury.
  2. Must participate in ongoing speaker training workshops and develop effective presentation skills.
  3. Must use language appropriate to the audience.
  4. Must not glorify dangerous behavior or poor decision making.

How VIPs Impact Students

 "The VIP presentation had the greatest impact on me because I saw the first-hand consequence of drinking and driving.  It verified my belief in not drinking and definitely not drinking and driving.  It was a great program and I think it influenced many people."

-- Caddo Magnet High School Student

"The part of the program that impacted me the most was the VIP, because I lost someone almost the same way in a car crash." 

--Haughton High School Student

Speakers in Action

ThinkFirst Presentation at Louisiana Tech