Alison

Collard de Beaufort

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ABOUT ME

I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA, in December 2021 with a B.S. in Society, Technology, and Policy. During my academic career, I involved myself on- and off-campus through various clubs, sports teams, community service opportunities, and with projects in collaboration with the WPI administration. I served as a co-chair of the student-run Mental Health Committee, founded in January 2022. 

 

I am also a global youth road safety advocate - I am the North American representative on the Youth Leadership Board of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and the founder of the Vision Zero Youth Council (VZYC). The VZYC is a fully youth-led organization that educates youth on traffic safety, empowers them to become vocal activists for safer streets, and engages them in working with local schools, non-profits, and elected officials. VZYC chapters can be found in the U.S. (New York, Massachusetts), Rwanda, Jordan, and the U.K, and we have partnerships with other non-profit organizations in Mali and Gambia!

My work in the field of road safety can also be highlighted by the multiple incredible opportunities I have had to travel across the world, sharing my experiences and learning from others. Most notably, I attended the 2nd World Youth Assembly and the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden in February 2020 as a Youth Representative for the United States, in addition to the 2022 United Nations Transforming Education Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The Vision Zero Youth Council is a student-run organization that engages youth in working with local schools, elected officials, and other organizations in advocating and fighting for safer streets. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Created a now-patented smartwatch app that alerts a pedestrian user if it detects cars moving towards them at unsafe speeds. Was chosen as one of five National Winners, winning $120,000 for our school, and was featured on TV and in national media such as the Wall Street Journal.

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In March of 2019, I traveled to Louisville, KY to speak at the annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. I spoke on a panel of youth activists and shared my story, the lessons I have learned as a youth activist and as the founder and leader of the Vision Zero Youth Council, and my advice for those looking to work with youth.

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In February 2020, I attended the 2nd World Youth Assembly and the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden in February 2020 as a Youth Representative for the United States

 
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APR

9

APR

18

MAY

28

JUN

CALENDAR 2022

CALENDAR 2021

Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID) Impaired Driving Webinar

Virtually in Ontario, Canada

Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities

Virtually in Long Beach, CA

Welcoming a New Transportation ERA: Equitable, Resilient, Active

Virtually with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

CALENDAR 2020

16

FEB

2nd World Youth Assembly on Road Safety

Stockholm, Sweden

17

FEB

3rd United Nations Ministerial Conference on Road Safety

Stockholm, Sweden

30
SEP

IRF Young Professionals Summit

Live Webinar

6

APR

Youth voices: Partnering with youth as community members and advocates

Virtually with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

21

SEP

16-17

SEP

27

OCT

4

NOV

Road Safety and SDG 4 Education

Virtually with the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety

Youth Partners in Creating Change to Our Streets

Virtually with Georgia Bike Walk Live Summit

26

NOV

Journée Ambassadeurs Étudiants de l’association Prévention Routière

Paris, France