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20 Aug
Volunteers

The National Youth Council consists of 19 student leaders from across the country, representing universities from Harvard University (MA) to Stanford University (CA)

The National Youth Council consists of 19 student leaders from across the country

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 include:

Brent (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) has served in various leadership capacities within Future Business Leadership of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA -PBL), including his most recent positions as National Vice President and assistant to the National President.

Hannah (University of Pennsylvania) has a strong connection to our mission and is dedicated to engaging her peers. In middle school she organized and led “Team Cupid,” a March for Babies team consisting of her peers which raised more than $25,000 to support our mission that first year alone.

Victoria (College of Charleston, SC) has served in various leadership roles for the March of Dimes, including the Alachua Chain Reaction Leadership Council March for Babies Chair. Under her leadership her Chain Reaction raised more than $57,000 to support our mission.

Sabhya (College of New Jersey) is an active member of the March of Dimes Mercy County Chain Reaction and founder of the March of Dimes club at West Windsor Plainsboro High School, which consists of 150 members dedicated to year-round service to the March of Dimes.

Bernadette (Harvard University, MA) demonstrated dedication to service and volunteerism throughout high school as a member of Key Club International, and as a freshman in college, serving as the 2012-2013 Harvard University March of Dimes Collegiate Council Ambassador.

Lauran (Texas A&M University) began her involvement with the March of Dimes through FBLA in middle school and became more involved in high school while interning at the Atlanta March of Dimes Chapter Office, assisting in coordinating special events and educational programs.

Akshay – Rutgers University (NJ), intends to dedicate his life to helping others and making a difference for babies everywhere. Akshay has won many awards for his volunteerism and passion for the March of Dimes including 3rd Top Walker in Central New Jersey and the March of Dimes President’s Award.

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 teamyouth@marchofdimes.com for more information on the National Youth Council and other leadership opportunities.

6 Apr
Volunteers

Today’s update comes to you from a recent Q&A with XinLei “Tony” Wang, the current Key Club International President and a March of Dimes volunteer.  Key Club, a national service partner of the March of Dimes, is an international high school student-led organization and we are so excited to have their support! Tony, along with many other Key Club and Kiwanis International members, will be walking this spring for stronger, healthier babies!

Tony (front row, far right) with fellow youth volunteers and celebrity ambassadors

Tony (front row, far right) with fellow youth volunteers and celebrity ambassadors



Q: So, Tony, how is your role with Key Club International connected to the March of Dimes?
A: Key Club International encourages its’ clubs to support March of Dimes, one of our most outstanding service partners. Aside from participating in March for Babies events, I disseminate important updates on new resources and training webinars to be shared with our Board of Trustees and local leaders.

Q: What motivated you to volunteer & participate in March for Babies and for March of Dimes?
A: One of the defining moments in my involvement was when I toured a NICU during the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This tour allowed me to understand the profound significance of my time dedicated to March of Dimes. When I walked in, I noticed – in the eye of a tired mother rocking a small baby – a sense of hope and appreciation. We toured the unit while listening to the nurse describing each piece of equipment made possible with the funding from March of Dimes.

March of Dimes makes a tremendous impact on our world. I strive to be involved in March of Dimes because I feel the possibility to make a significant impact in the lives of others.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for youth to be involved in March for Babies & March of Dimes?
A: Prematurity has a tremendous impact on the life of a baby. I think that youth should understand the importance of a healthy start for a baby. Our passion and enthusiasm can inspire others to believe in the March of Dime’s mission, raising awareness and adding new volunteers and leaders.

Q: What’s your favorite March of Dimes memory?
A: I really enjoyed a workshop [from the March of Dimes] called Hot Topics Related to Our Prematurity Campaign. The speakers were very knowledge and explained progress on the work to reduce prematurity rates across the United States. I appreciated the fact I was able to learn what projects our club fundraising efforts support. I was able to share the information with Key Club members and encourage them to continue their support of March of Dimes.

Q: And finally, tell us your #1 fundraising tip!
A: Know why you are fundraising for March of Dimes. Before explaining it to others, I think it is important that we have that sense of the purpose ourselves. Explain to potential donors why you believe in the cause. People want to know why they should support March of Dimes and what the fund will support. It’s possible that they just might take up fundraising themselves!

Thanks Tony for your insight, and all Key Club International members for supporting the March of Dimes and joining us in March for Babies! Where are you walking with your Key Club, or any other team, this spring?

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