Gift of Life also works with area colleges to educate students about organ and tissue donation. Any college class, organization, or club is welcome to contact us, to offer an educational presentation or host a speaker at one of their events.
Invite a guest speaker to discuss organ and tissue donation at a club or organizational meeting.
Hold a Donor Registration Drive on campus with tabling events where students can register onsite to become organ and tissue donors.
Adopt organ donation as a special cause for your organization. Continue to promote organ donation throughout the year at all of your events.
Participate in Donate Life Month in April – a perfect time to host events on campus. Gift of Life can assist you by providing materials, giveaways, and speakers for your events.
Start a Gift of Life Club at your college or university to specifically raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. Gift of Life can help you with the process.
Encourage your college newspaper to print a story about organ and tissue donation and how to become involved on your campus.
Create a team to participate in the Gift of Life Donor Dash in April.
Gift of Life is teaming up with Rowan University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) as it sponsors its annual National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC) and encourages PRSSA chapters across the country to promote organ donor awareness and family discussion. PRSSA Chapters create a campaign and host a day-long event to generate awareness among their peers, faculty members and the community. Following the event, chapters submit a binder outlining the planning and the event as it occurred – to be submitted to a panel of judges at Rowan University. Three grand (monetary) prizes, along with an honorable mention, will be awarded at the PRSSA National Conference each October.
AMA Saves Lives
Gift of Life is teaming up with the AMA Saves Lives program, run by the American Marketing Association. Across the country, college chapters of AMA are welcome to compete in this competition, which involves organ and tissue donation promotion online, on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube, or in the physical world with campaigns and events. AMA chapters can compete in the following 4 different competitions: Registration Competition, Video Competitions, Event Competition and Facebook Competition. Chapters receive credit in each of these categories. Individual winning chapter can win many prizes, as a minimum of $15,000 will be awarded to chapters at the Collegiate Conference in March.
For examples of how college students have become involved with organ and tissue donation, please look at the American Marketing Association campaign, "AMASavesLives" at www.amasaveslives.com. Nationwide, college students have involved the AMA to raise awareness and encourage their peers to sign up to become organ donors. The video below was created by a local AMA Chapter, and is a great example of how college students can use their creativity to help spread the word about donation.
Additionally, we have several media resources for your classroom. For example, Gift of Life worked with ESPN to share the story of Jason Ray, the former mascot for the University of North Carolina. Ray became an organ donor and was able to save several lives, when the Ray family generously said "yes" to donation. Click here to share the Jason Ray story with your classroom.
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