LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Teens are giving up part of their summer to keep their friends from becoming a highway statistic.

"Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety," or is holding a retreat at Lynchburg College.

The group, which is also known as "YOVASO," is made up of students who want to stop teen driving deaths.

All week they'll be taking part in hands-on activities and brainstorming sessions.

They're learning about bad driving habits and how to be advocates for safe driving at their schools.

"In this particular setting, it's really nice for them because they all have similar goals and they're able to get together and try to make a difference," said retreat director, Haley Glynn.

YOVASO's ultimate goal to is fighting traffic deaths. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the number one killer of teenagers.