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13 Mar
Volunteers

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding March for Babies team captain this spring? Looking for ways to encourage fellow students and members in your club to get even more involved with March for Babies? Here are a few tips and best practices from members of March of Dimes National Youth Council, to help you be successful this year!

Personalize your ask! Hannah Fagen, student at University of Pennsylvania, sends personalized emails and letters when asking friends and family for donations and includes her history with the March of Dimes. She recommends, whether it is your first, fifth or 100th year, to share your history with March of Dimes and your reasons for walking.

Fundraise Online: Volunteers who use the Online Fundraising Tool (OFT) raise over $100 more than those who don’t. OFT is available when you register online at www.marchforbabies.org. Remember to customize your page by uploading a photo and updating your message.

Pay it forward! Offer to help out friends and clubs at school with upcoming events, projects or activities as a thanks for their donation. Caroline McKnight, student at University of Florida, is always the first one to offer her support around campus, and then finds her friends and classmates are even more excited to help her by walking or donating.

Follow up & say thanks! Thank those who donated through social media, in person and/or through emails/letters. Follow up with those who committed to donate but have not yet had the opportunity. Let everyone know how close you are to goal. (Tip from Dylan Conn, student at Stanford University (CA)). 

Remember the Mission: Let people know that by donating they are supporting stronger, healthier babies. Invite a family connected to our mission to speak at your event, or show our National Ambassador mission story (found at youtube.com/marchofdimes).

For more tips and advice for successfully leading your team during March for Babies, check out the March for Babies Youth Captains Guide. Here you can find a step-by-step guide to leading your team and hosting events on campus. Contact us at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com for more ways to get involved!

Now let’s hear from you!
What is your #1 Fundraising tip?

15 Jan
Volunteers


Do you know a student leader who has shown incredible passion and dedication for the March of Dimes? The March of Dimes is looking for passionate rising or current college students to lead youth volunteers and help all babies have a healthy start! We invite advisors and mentors to nominate a student leader for March of Dimes National Youth Council and Collegiate Council Ambassador roles.

The National Youth Council is the foundation’s TOP youth leadership council, consisting of dedicated collegiate leaders passionate about the March of Dimes and committed to promoting, supporting and implementing youth leadership development on a national level. Collegiate Council Ambassadors are college leaders interested in growing March of Dimes local engagement and involvement on campus and in their community.

New members to both programs are provided with orientation, ongoing training and mentoring. Throughout their experience, members will be offered opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

To learn more about these leadership opportunities and to nominate a student leader, visit marchofdimes.com/youthnominations. Nominations close February 28, 2014 – so nominate a student leader today! For more information, contact March of Dimes Team Youth at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com

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.

7 Feb
Volunteers

Do you know a student leader who has shown incredible passion and dedication for the March of Dimes? The March of Dimes is looking for passionate rising or current college students to lead youth volunteers and help all babies have a healthy start! We invite advisors and mentors to nominate a student leader for March of Dimes National Youth Council and Collegiate Council Ambassador roles.

2012-2013 National Youth Council

2012-2013 National Youth Council

The National Youth Council is comprised of the Foundation’s top college volunteer leaders committed to promoting, supporting, and implementing youth leadership development initiatives.

Collegiate Council Ambassadors are college students (incoming freshmen though seniors) who implement and grow student groups, called Collegiate Councils, dedicated to year-round activities to support the March of Dimes mission in their local community.

New members are provided with orientation, ongoing training and mentoring. Throughout their experience, members will be offered opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Nominations are due March 1, 2013. For detailed descriptions on these positions and to nominate a student leader, download our nomination form

For more information, please contact teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

31 Oct
Volunteers

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 teamyouth@marchofdimes.com 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)?

9 Feb
Volunteers
Dr. Howse motivates Collegate Council Ambassadors to reach and exceed their goals!

Dr. Howse motivates Collegate Council Ambassadors to reach and exceed their goals!

College students from Arizona State University to Yale University met in New York last week for the first ever March for Babies University, a three day training program for Collegiate Council Ambassadors. Collegiate Council Ambassadors are nationally recognized collegiate leaders for the March of Dimes who implement and grow student groups dedicated to year-round activities to support our mission in their local community. Throughout March for Babies University students participated in sessions with national March of Dimes staff to learn the keys to leading a successful March for Babies team, from mission awareness activities to how to plan a fundraising special event.

Each Collegiate Council Ambassador pledged to raise at least $5,000 for March for Babies this year, and they all left expecting to easily exceed this goal!

In addition, the March of Dimes National Youth Council met last week in preparation for March for Babies. The National Youth Council is comprised of the Foundation’s top college volunteer leaders committed to promoting, supporting, and implementing youth leadership development initiatives.  As a council, they plan to raise at least $20,000 for March for Babies.

Are you a student interested in becoming a March of Dimes leader or do you know a student leader who would like to further their volunteer efforts with the March of Dimes as part of our National Youth Council or Collegiate Council Ambassador program? We are currently accepting nominations for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please visit http://bit.ly/AgYNKz for additional information about both programs and instructions on nominating a student leader.

Nominations are due February 15 and must be made by a local March of Dimes staff person or advisor.

Now, we want to hear from you!

What is your 2012 March for Babies goal?

What are some fundraisers you plan to host?

29 Mar
Volunteers

I grew up in Key Club, one of the youth national service partners for the March of Dimes, as a kid, so much so that walking to fight birth defects, prematurity, and infant mortality became a ritual. Today, as a sophomore in college, I can’t help but thank the March of Dimes for its role in my life as well as in the lives of many others.

While I may have not been born premature, it is easy for me to see the impact it has in the world around me. From my time in Key Club, I was able to serve the March of Dimes through bakes sales, car washes, advocacy campaigns, and of course March for Babies. However, nothing meant more to me then being able to speak in person with a family truly touched by the March of Dimes.

When I was visiting Denver, Colorado for our Key Club International Board Meeting two years ago, I was greeted by the smile of a young boy named Austin. To give you some history, Austin was born 3 months premature. He spent the first 2 months in a womb-like environment before being upgraded to an incubator, which his parent’s cleverly called the “Cadillac.” Because of the funds that our organization and others had donated, the March of Dimes was able to support much of the care and treatment that may have saved Austin’s life.

Being able to hear the family’s story firsthand, I could not help but be touched by the lasting impression the March of Dimes had made on their lives. This motivated me to continue to work with the March of Dimes beyond high school into college.

Today, I am able to serve our youth partners across the nation in their efforts to help babies born too soon, too small, or too sick to survive. I challenge the youth of our nation to recognize the benefits of having healthy mothers and healthy babies in our world and to do something to make these benefits become a reality.

For this reason, I ask you to join me in this year’s “March for Babies” at an area near you!

Today’s guest blog post comes from National Youth Council member Joe Schibi, a sophomore at Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ.

10 Mar
Volunteers

As spring approaches, it becomes natural for me to start dreaming of tulips, sunshine, green grass, and the March for Babies. March for Babies has become a lifelong tradition; I started walking for the March of Dimes before kindergarten when I was the local ambassador child for the walk.

At the young age of six or seven, I felt like a celebrity when I received the privilege of cutting the ribbon in front of the walk route; I felt like royalty when cheering, “Walk for someone you love!” from my perch in my little red wagon along the six mile trek.

While I knew that being born eight weeks early was something that made me special, I didn’t realize the extent the March of Dimes played in my well being until much later.

Now as I set my fundraising goals and try to sculpt the March of Dimes into a brand new college atmosphere, I realize the greatest contributions I’ve received from others for the March of Dimes are the memories I’ve made in walking annually for over 12 years. These memories outreach any fundraising goal I could ever set.

Thus, I encourage each volunteer to make the March for Babies a tradition in his or her life. Share your March of Dimes memories generously and the sponsorship will naturally follow.

This guest post comes to us from Kelsey, a March of Dimes National Youth Council member.

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