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High School Programs and Resources
    • Invite guest speakers to visit and share personal stories of the life-saving power of donation as well as educational information. Gift of Life can provide speakers free of charge.
    • Incorporate organ donation in your classroom curriculum using one of the curriculum guides.
    • Use the educational modules offered through the Pennsylvania Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Project.

Students from local Philadelphia high schools attend Donors Are Heroes “Spirit for Life” School Summit at Gift of Life

Donors Are Heroes School Summits and Grant Program
  • Attend our “Spirit for Life” Student Summits, fun and educational one-day program at Gift of Life. Student Summits offer Philadelphia high school teachers and students a unique day of workshops designed to train students as ambassadors for organ and tissue donation.
  • Generously funded by Donors Are Heroes, these Summits are open to all Philadelphia high schools (public, charter, parochial, or private). During the Summits, students have the opportunity to listen to personal stories of those affected by donation, watch educational presentations, gain public speaking tips, and participate in organ donation-themed activities.
  • Donors Are Heroes also offers grants of up to $5,000 for Philadelphia high schools to complete an outreach project to educate students, teachers, and the school community.
  • Contact Todd Franzen at 215-557-8090
  • Learn about our “It’s About Life” grants.
Organ Tissue Donation Awareness Project (OTDA)
  • The mission of the OTDA is to implement organ and tissue donation and transplantation education in Pennsylvania’s secondary schools. To this end, OTDA now provides a step-by-step toolkit and guide for secondary education teachers to implement in various classes across the curriculum.  The kit contains teacher-developed lesson plans, resources, and real-life stories from across Pennsylvania.
  • The OTDA Project hosts an annual mini grant competition for Pennsylvania secondary schools to encourage teachers to implement the OTDA Curriculum Toolkit in their classroom. Awards of up to $4,000 are given. The grant application can be downloaded here: Mini-Grant Application
  • To learn more about OTDA and how to get your school involved, visit the OTDA website or call 215-557-8090.