Recognize the work students do to help save lives
The Leaders for Life Program is designed to create awareness of the need for a strong and consistent blood supply while providing high school students with an opportunity to support your community. By supporting local blood drives, students are not only giving back to your community, they are eligible to receive recognition cords at graduation.
Benefits for students
- Provides the students opportunities to build leadership skills.
- Educates students on the importance of blood and how blood is used to heal and save lives.
- Offers students an opportunity for community service through volunteer hours.
How can students earn recognition cords?
Students can support your school’s blood drives by participating in various activities within the school to promote the drives:
- School announcements, posters on shared bulletin boards, handing out flyers during lunch break, social media, reminder notices on lockers and more (see Examples below)
Students can recruit outside donors to their school drives:
- Telling parents, grandparents and neighbors; handing out flyers; social media
Students can volunteer their time at a local Versiti center or Versiti mobile drive
Does a student’s blood donation count towards graduation cords? Does a student have to donate blood?
- Graduation cords are earned via outward influence and are not connected to a student’s personal blood donation. Not all students are able to donate blood, so to be equitable, graduation cords are based on students’ influence on others within their community.
A student's personal donation will count as 1 hour of volunteer time.
Can a student receive graduation cords even if their high school is not participating within the Leaders for Life program?
- Yes. Any student can earn graduation cords by completing the requirements and submitting the online application form, below.
Leaders for Life Cords Program Application Form