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3 Oct


“Do something you love! Keep going and don’t give up. Once you get rolling it’s the greatest time of your life.”

“Do something you love! Keep going and don’t give up. Once you get rolling it’s the greatest time of your life.”

Each year, March of Dimes Team Youth honors our youth volunteers and advisors who have gone above and beyond their duties to show devotion and support of the March of Dimes mission in their local communities. Recipients of the 2011 Team Youth Awards are volunteers from across the nation who have furthered the March of Dimes mission.


I was lucky enough to sit down (virtually) with the 2011 March of Dimes Outstanding Chapter Youth Volunteer to discuss her passion and dedication for the March of Dimes. Annalisa  Sega is an incoming sophomore at Southington High School in Connecticut and was named the Hartford County’s Outstanding Teen 2011 in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization. 


Annalisa, born prematurely at 31 weeks and weighing just 3 lbs 0.5 oz.,feels both blessed and honored to be recognized for such an high achievement from an organization she “owes her life to.


When she first started volunteering, Annalisa remembers, she wanted to give back to this amazing organization, but soon after she fell in love with the organization, the staff, and events. She even developed and executed her own event – an annual local Talent Show to benefit the March of Dimes that has welcomed a huge crowd, selling out tickets every year, since being implemented only three years ago.


Sharing her story and our mission at a local Kmart diaper drive.

Sharing her story and our mission at a local Kmart diaper drive.

She loves every experience the March of Dimes has given her and encourages all volunteers to find their passion and follow-through:

“Do something you love! If you love to bake, host a bake sale. If you love to perform, host a talent show. Keep going and don’t give up. Once you get rolling it’s the greatest time of your life.”

Annalisa’s favorite March of Dimes memory is her experience being at the

Being honored for her volunteerism. Pictured with CT Gov. M. Jodi Rell and CT March of Dimes Staff.

Being honored for her volunteerism. Pictured with CT Gov. M. Jodi Rell and CT March of Dimes Staff.

2008 March for Babies in Middletown, CT. That year, she participated with a group of 20 volunteers. During the event it started to downpour, but no one in her group stopped marching. As they reached the finish line, Annalisa noticed that cars filled with people holding March of Dimes signs stopped to watch them, the last team, cross the line. Despite the cold weather and the terrible weather conditions, everyone was smiling and excited to help this amazing organization.


As a youth volunteer, Annalisa feels the March of Dimes has helped her tremendously in preparing for the future in terms of health and education, and has given her the tools to inform and engage her peers. She knows the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle and making good choices, because she and all youth volunteers are the parents of tomorrow.


For more information on the 2012 Team Youth Awards (nominations are due May 30, 2012) or about youth volunteer opportunities, please contact



What is your favorite part about being a youth volunteer? 

17 Mar
Check out our March for Babies Tools for Youth

Check out our March for Babies Tools for Youth

Did you know that in 2010 school teams raised more than $3 million, the top school district raised more than $130,000, and the #1 Youth walker raised more than $70,000?


Are you a youth volunteer looking for fundraising ideas for March for Babies? Do you want your child to get even more involved with March for Babies and March of Dimes, in general?


The March for Babies Youth Toolkit is a great resource for all youth volunteers interested in participating in March for Babies. Find out how to start your March for Babies team, recruit walkers, host fundraisers and have fun while helping babies this spring!


Get your school and your friends involved. Learn how to host your very own “Club March of Dimes” at your local roller skating rink! Find out how to raise $300 in eight simple steps! Most importantly, discover how important your dedication and support is for all babies!


Like the March of Dimes Team Youth on Facebook to receive updates and tips from the March of Dimes. Connect with youth volunteers and March of Dimes supporters, like you. Receive feedback and advice on your March for Babies goals for 2011 from the March of Dimes and fellow volunteers.


For more information and additional support, contact March of Dimes Team Youth at


What is your campus planning for March for Babies 2011?

16 Mar

Maryland FBLA Continues to Support

Posted by Volunteers
Maryland FBLA State Officers

Maryland FBLA State Officers

Maryland FBLA State Officers shine in their volunteer support of the March of Dimes! This spring, FBLA Region 2 Vice President Chelsea Wagely from Dundak High School will be walking in Baltimore with others from her FBLA chapter as a March for Babies team. And Maryland FBLA recently helped their local March for Babies Kickoff.


Chelsea and her fellow Maryland FBLA State Officers also volunteered their time on November 15, 2010 to help the Maryland chapter of the March of Dimes with an annual fundraiser, the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. Event attendees are able to sample extravagant dishes from renowned local chefs, as well as participate in silent and live auctions of products donated from local businesses. Proceeds raised from the event support the March of Dimes’ research, education, community service, and advocacy programs.


Maryland FBLA National Officers played an important role in the success of the event; they were in charge of overseeing the silent auction. The silent auction consisted of over 100 items and required the FBLA members to monitor the items and bid sheets during the auction and distribute the items to the winners at check-out. The students were responsible for all aspects of the auction from start to finish.


The March of Dimes staff was very impressed and thankful for the officers’ help. The event raised more than $150,000 for the March of Dimes. Maryland FBLA was honored to volunteer and support the efforts of the March of Dimes and looks forward to continuing to strengthen their partnership with the March of Dimes. Thanks to this FBLA chapter & state for joining the March of Dimes year-round!


Maryland FBLA Officers pictured, from L to R: Megan Harsham, Karthik Krishnan, Shirley Zhu, Govin Vatsan, Chelsea Wageley, Corey Majerowicz, Jack Fitzpatrick, Tim Fisher

12 Feb

Texas Rocks!

Posted by Linda

So they do things a little bigger in Texas than we do here in White Plains, NY. Last week, Dallas kicked off their March for Babies season with a breakfast event at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel. More than 1,200 people showed up for the eggs and bacon – and the cause. And 30,000 people will be walking on March for Babies day!


We were there with some people from the national office, enjoying the show and taking notes. The Mayor of Dallas said a couple of words. And the Criders, the Dallas Ambassador family, shared the touching story of their premature twins. A high school marching band from the Garland Central School District dropped by. These students and their faculty really care: they raised $173.000 last year! Oh, and everyone got to see the 2009 March for Babies video. You could hear a pin drop! Check it out here.


Also in the audience were team captains and walkers from a ton a key companies in Northern Texas. Many have been with us for years and are upping the ante for 2009 – with more walkers more dollars to help babies born in Texas and across the country! Macy’s was there with 200 very enthusiastic employees. And Texas Health Resources was present: their CEO, Doug Hawthorne, is the March for Babies Chair in Dallas/Ft. Worth!


Congratulations to the Dallas Division for putting together this amazing event. I know one thing: if you’re walking in Dallas, you have something to look forward to!

28 Jan

Team Youth is pretty awesome – all of our volunteers from elementary to college students, doing amazing fundraising and mission activities all of the time. This spring we’ll have March of Dimes Collegiate Councils such as Bobcats for Babies at Ohio University out there walking; we’ll also have a 1st grade classroom with a class member touched by premature birth out there walking. From the Student Senate in New York to San Diego’s Chain Reaction, and Anna and Frankie in Hawaii to Kendra and Kyle in Florida – we have youth walking everywhere for stronger, healthier babies! It is just so cool.


And you know who else is part of March for Babies? Our Team Youth Celebrity Spokesperson, Kelly Clarkson! Kelly Clarkson and her fans (including these two Team Youth bloggers, we luv u!) raise money in March for Babies and show their support so that one day all babies will be born healthy and strong and on time.

Basically this is just a shout out to our awesome youth walkers and to Kelly Clarkson. Want to give your own shout out to your favorite youth walker? Leave us (and them) some luv with a comment!

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