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Archive for October, 2012

31 Oct

National Youth Council members learn about the importance of volunteerism and service from March of Dimes President, Dr. Jennifer Howse.

National Youth Council members learn about the importance of volunteerism and service from March of Dimes President, Dr. Jennifer Howse.

This summer, seven new members were inducted into the March of Dimes National Youth Council, a student group of exceptional leaders for the organization. These top student leaders joined twelve other high-level college volunteers around the country to support March of Dimes youth leadership and lead the way with students and March for Babies!

National Youth Council members are selected because of their demonstrated leadership and dedication to the March of Dimes Foundation. These new members have done extensive volunteer work for the March of Dimes and are active members in their communities.

The newest members are:

Kyle – University of Florida: He has served in a variety of leadership roles for the March of Dimes including the Gainesville Chain Reaction March for Babies Chair and Gators March for Babies Overall Director.

Morgan – University of Minnesota-Duluth: Her past leadership roles include the 2010-2011 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Vice President and the 2011-2012 Collegiate Council Ambassador at her university.

Donnie – University of South Carolina: He previously served as the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) National Vice President and is currently serving as the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National President, two of March of Dimes national service partners.

Drew – University Wisconsin-Madison: He first became involved with the March of Dimes through his work with FBLA, serving as the FBLA National Treasurer his senior year of high school.

Anastasia – Clemson University (SC): She serves as the March of Dimes Chair for her chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, and works closely with the NICU Family Support program at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Taylor – University of Oregon: Most recently serving as the FBLA National President, he has received numerous young leader awards for his strong leadership and service ethic.

XinLei (Tony) – Stanford University (CA): His past leadership roles include the 2010-2011 Key Club International President and 2011-2012 March of Dimes Collegiate Council Ambassador at his university.

National Youth Council members work closely with other volunteers and professional staff at the March of Dimes regional and national offices and in the chapters to provide leadership and assistance in these programs. In addition, National Youth Council members are involved with other national partners, advocacy initiatives, and with the development of collegiate programs to support the March of Dimes mission.

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Volunteer Leader? Contact or visit the March of Dimes Youth Leaders page for more information on the National Youth Council and other leadership opportunities.

Let’s Hear From You:
How have you been a March of Dimes leader locally (at school and/or in your community)?

28 Oct

The volunteers and supporters of the March of Dimes have launched an exciting effort to light the White House purple on January 3, 2013 as a symbol of hope for premature babies. The White House is special to the March of Dimes because our founder was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established our organization in 1938 during his second term in office. In the 20th century, the March of Dimes galvanized America to defeat polio. Today the March of Dimes is working to bring hope and support to the families of premature babies. We fund research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs to give every baby a healthy start in life.

To turn the White House purple, we need to secure 25,000 signatures on an online petition to support our request. Please go here and sign the petition — and encourage your family and friends to sign as well!

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