Share the Keys is a 60 to 90-minute interactive orientation for parents and teens designed to reduce teen driver crash risk by increasing parental involvement. The research-based program focuses on ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws through this interactive program. Parents and teens are provided with information, exercises, tools and resources to support them throughout this critical time.
The Share the Keys program is a tremendous resource for parents and teens that are about to learn to drive, are learning to drive, or have recently learned to drive. The program provides invaluable information, tools, tips and resources to support families with teen drivers to be safe.
Yes! Becoming a Share the Keys facilitator is a fun, engaging and exciting opportunity to make your community safer as well as professional development for driver education and traffic safety professionals. Bringing important safety messages and supporting your community takes a lot of responsibility and commitment. To support our facilitators, we provide a thorough training program which includes mentoring and support of your successful implementation of the program.
The initial one-day training is free. Trainings are held at convenient locations, and last approximately 6 hours long. Lunch is provided.
Click on this link, to see our training schedule and application for upcoming dates.
Once you have completed the training, you will receive a certificate of completion and Certified Educational Units. To become certified to present the program, you must co-facilitate a program while being observed by a certified STK Instructor. The presentation of the material is as important as the material itself. Our team will work with you to mentor and coach you on the techniques used to master best practices for the effective facilitation.
While people are learning to facilitate the program, the Share the Keys team will work with you to provide you with support and even co-facilitate with you, until you feel confident enough to do so independently. All Share the Keys programs should be facilitated by at least two (2) certified facilitators.
If you are interested in becoming a Share the Keys Facilitator, click here to apply now.
A facilitator is someone who helps people understand their common objectives and assists them in achieving their goals to reach a desired outcome.
A Share the Keys facilitator does this, with the specific intention of helping parents and teens in the Graduated Driver Licensing process, to understand the risks involved and how to avoid them. Facilitators also provide them with information, experiences and resources to keep their families safe.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Share the Keys facilitator, click here.
A Share the Keys instructor is an experienced Share the Keys facilitator that has been trained extensively on both the delivery and facilitation of the program and certified to teach and certify others to facilitate the Share the Keys Program.
Regional Coordinators support development, instruction and delivery of the Share the Keys Program throughout the state, and work directly with Kean University. To contact one of the STK Regional Coordinators, click here.
The materials required to host a Share the Keys presentation are all provided to the school for FREE! That means that the only thing you need to do is to provide the venue and promote the event! The materials provided include:
3) GDL Brochure
4) A template letter to send to Parents
5) Share the Keys Banner to hang in or outside your school
6) Pens for registration (depending upon availability)
To get these materials for your presentation, simply schedule your presentation by clicking here.
(If you are already a STK Facilitator, you must log-in to the portal, and request materials through the facilitator materials request form)
Share the Keys is a research-based program, and the ongoing development and evaluation of the program is based on the feedback we receive from parents. The pre- and post- surveys help us determine the effectiveness of the program and guide us in continually improving. The contact card that we provide during the presentation is also instrumental in the research that we conduct. In order to truly measure the program’s effectiveness, we want to know how th program has worked for parents and teens over time. We use the information provided to us to exclusively for this purpose by Kean University adhering to research requirements that prohibit us from using the information for any other purpose.
At the end of each STK Presentation, we require that facilitators collect these surveys and contact cards and return them to Kean University’s STK research team. Our Regional Coordinators will assist you with this process.
The Share the Keys Resource Guide is a wonderful tool that supports families with everything throughout the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) process. If you would like additional copies of the guide, you can download the latest electronic version here. Alternatively, if you would like to have a guide mailed to you, you can request one from one of our Regional Coordinators by contacting them here.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS…
The statistics for teen crashes in New Jersey are staggering. Share the Keys bridges the gap by imparting the serious nature of responsible driving to teens while reminding parents that driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys.
"Share the Keys" is one of the most comprehensive training program for parents that are about to have a new teen driver.
From a teacher's perspective...Research is telling us STK is a proven winner for parents (involvement lessens crashes). STK is also an effective GDL teaching tool for new driver education teachers and law enforcement. Parents depend on driver education teachers to be a resource for the GDL. STK provides clarity for safe teen driving behaviors.
Share the Keys finds that perfect balance between teaching teens safe driving habits while reminding parents driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys. The continued responsibility of educating teen drivers still rests with involved parents.
The SHARE THE KEYS program could very well be the most IMPORTANT assembly program attended by high school students and their parents.
Share the Keys plays an important part in educating new drivers and their parents on how to be a safe driver. It focuses on, developing proper driving practices and close parental involvement. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping our teens alive.
As a law enforcement officer instructing the Share the Keys program, I see considerable value in reaching young drivers, and their parents, as the new driver is at the highest risk for becoming involved in a crash in the first two years of their driving experience. The resources and supportive data provided during the 90 minute presentation, give the audience the tools they need to successfully adopt safe driving behaviors.
In my opinion the 'Share the Keys' program will save lives of teen drivers by educating not only teen drivers themselves, but just as importantly the parents and guardians who have the greatest impact on enforcing safe driving on a daily basis. The program emphasizes parents and guardians setting good examples for their children as well as encouraging them to have open dialogue and taking responsibility for their teenagers when they hand them a set of keys.
The Share the Keys program has been incredibly successful as well as helpful to all who have attended. The feedback from the parents as well as the new drivers has been extremely positive. EVERY new driver should attend.