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Young Blood for Life - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the "Young Blood for Life" program?

The "Young Blood for Life" program is a national high school donor recruitment initiative. It includes a one-day Workshop, in which senior and junior students, nominated by school officials, are trained to recruit their peers to donate blood at a Canadian Blood Services' fixed site clinic or mobile clinic at their school. There is also a "Young Blood for Life" high school donor challenge, a friendly and healthy competition between schools across the country. The challenge is open to all participating secondary schools in the geographic areas of Canadian Blood Services' fixed site clinics.

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Why should my school get involved?

A recent survey found that over half of Canadians say they or a family member have required blood or blood products. In the next year, Canadian Blood Services must recruit more than 90,000 new donors. It's particularly important that we recruit teenage donors. Besides saving lives, winning schools will receive cash prizes to help out with school activities. Schools are able to recruit their friends, family, neighbours and teachers. You will have the opportunity to donate more than once during the duration of the challenge, thus improving your school's chances of winning a prize.

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How long does the "Young Blood for Life Challenge" last?

The challenge runs from September 1 to May 31.

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How does my school get involved?

A Youth Development Coordinator will register your school at a fixed site clinic nearest your school. A Canadian Blood Services Community Development Coordinator will provide you with everything you need to make the program successful in your school.

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What type of recognition will my school get?

Besides saving lives, the winning school will receive cash prizes to help out with school activities. When the Challenge is over and winners determined, Canadian Blood Services will publicize the results with media in the winners' communities, and in Canadian Blood Services publications available to donors, volunteers and our corporate sponsors.

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What does my school have to commit to in order to be involved?

A Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) - a specially-trained student will register your school with Canadian Blood Services. Students, teachers, family and friends can also donate as part of your school's participation in the challenge. The YDC will promote blood donation among their peers, encouraging them donate blood. Canadian Blood Services will provide promotional materials, such as brochures and posters to help promote the Challenge. The YDC will work closely with a Canadian Blood Services Community Development Coordinator to organize blood donor events with your school.

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What resources and tools will Canadian Blood Services give my school in order to be successful?

Canadian Blood Services will provide promotional materials such as brochures, posters and blood recipient testimonials confirming the significant impact of donation on others.

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How do I check to see how my school is doing in the challenge?

Results will be updated regularly on our website.

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What is a Youth Development Coordinator?

A Youth Development Coordinator works closely with a Canadian Blood Services Community Development Coordinator to recruit blood donors and promote blood donor clinics in their school.

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What's in it for me?

Your participation in the Young Blood for Life program will assist you in fulfilling your community service requirement. Moreover, by helping to recruit blood donors within your school, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to save or improve lives of patients in need of blood products across Canada.

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Can I put this on my resume?

If you become a Youth Development Coordinator, your work as a blood donor recruiter in your school demonstrates to prospective employers your ability to communicate, organize and lead.

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Will this count towards my community hours?

Your participation in the High School Peer Recruitment Workshop as a Youth Development Champion will count towards your volunteer civic service credit.

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Do I have to be 17 to be a Youth Development Coordinator?

You don't need to be 17 to be a Youth Development Coordinator. However, you must be 17 or older to donate blood.

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Do I have to be a blood donor to be a Youth Development Coordinator?

You are not required to be a blood donor. Your work as a blood donor recruiter in your school is another invaluable contribution to Canada's blood system.

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Do I have to be a YDC to volunteer with Canadian Blood Services?

No. Canadian Blood Services has many other opportunities for our volunteers. Please visit the Volunteer section of our website, or call our toll-free line at 1 888 2DONATE (1 888 236 6283).

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