Make Change at Any Age

With powerful voices and passionate minds, young people are set to lead the charge against blood cancer. They’re the most in-demand donors and hold the keys to getting their peers on board.

The minimum age to register and donate is 18, but there’s plenty of work to be done before then. Whether you’re a mission-driven teen, educator, or parent, we’re here to help you start a movement wherever you are.

FOR STUDENTS

Take the lead in creating a club that focuses on awareness, fundraising, and registering new donors. Working with DKMS gives you a unique opportunity to develop skills and practical experience that will boost your college applications and résumé, all while creating a lifesaving legacy for you and your school!

START A CLUB

Rubyanne and friends

Ready to start building your own DKMS Club? We can help you get the ball rolling right away.

ORGANIZE AN EVENT

UCLA drive camp Kesem

If you’re part of an existing club such as HOSA or Key Club, initiate a fundraiser or donor drive as a community service event.

FOR EDUCATORS

SPREAD THE WORD

Donor Drive U of Wi Madison Aspiring Nurses

Put up posters in your classroom or office that grab students’ attention and kickstart conversations. Get in touch to request materials and discuss how to use them.

PLAN AN ASSEMBLY

Youth Advisory Board Inaugural Meeting 2017

Hosting an event for the entire senior class is a great way to introduce the topic of bone marrow donor registration and inspire their involvement.

FOR PARENTS

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Stephanie Hollman

Encourage your teen’s work with DKMS, which could prove to be a character- and resume-building experience. We can advise you on how to best support them.

STAY EDUCATED

Young donor with parent at collection

As your teen takes up the fight against blood cancer, learn alongside them about the matching and donation process and the donor experience.

Have Questions?

Head to our FAQs or send a message to highschool@dkms.org

FAQs

Testimonials

Maddie

Volunteer

“I feel amazing to have started a club at my school. It turned out to be so much more impactful than just a community service opportunity; it has changed my life and perspective on these conditions. I am so proud that young people can have so much impact on the community; we have raised money and registered donors so that those suffering from these cancers and diseases can find their match. I will always raise awareness for this cause, and it will always have a special place in my heart.” - Maddie, high school student volunteer

Kathleen

Parent

“While a lot of kids are too young to be donors, they can be involved in other ways such as participating in advocacy events and building awareness… Most of us don't get a chance to save someone’s life! What an amazing gift, one that would stay with my children for a lifetime.” - Kathleen, mother of high school student volunteers

Austin

Donor

“We are all called in someway to give of what we have. For some it is money, others it is time, and the rest are called to simply give of yourself. That is what donating your bone marrow should be. You are giving someone else a chance to continue their life. It could be a child, your family, a total stranger, whoever it may be. You can make a difference in this world by one simple act.” - Austin, high school bone marrow donor