Interactive Programs for School and Community Groups
ConnectLife currently offers a variety of educational programs to students across WNY. The primary goals of these programs are to provide students with information about the lifesaving benefits of donation, to motivate students to initiate a family discussion about organ and tissue donation, and to answer questions and counter common misconceptions about donation.
Elementary School (K-4th Grades)
Students learn about wellness and what it means to give the “Gift of Life.” Through age-appropriate, interactive activities, students discover ways to keep their bodies healthy. Each program lasts 35-50 minutes and is designed for a group of 15-30 participants. Interested organizations can host a blood drive.
Middle School (5th-8th Grades)
In 2014, ConnectLife started a partnership with 6 pilot Catholic schools in the Western New York area in support of their STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art, math) education initiative. ConnectLife provides a six session program to introduce students to organ, eye, tissue, and blood donation. Students learn how to keep their bodies healthy through proper nutrition and exercise and have the opportunity to hear from someone whose life has been directly impacted by donation. In the last session, students present group presentations to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained. The program has expanded to 20 schools in 2016-2017.
Participating Schools include:
- Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls
- Christ the King School
- Desales Catholic School
- Immaculate Conception School
- Mary Queen of Angels
- Nativity of Our Lord School
- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School
- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School
- Our Lady of Victory School
- St. Christopher's School
- Southtowns Catholic School
- St. John Vianney School
- St. Peter and Paul School in Williamsville
- St. Stephens School
- St. Gregory the Great School
- St. Joseph's School in Batavia
- St. Mary's Elementary School
High School (9th-12th Grades)
We offer several options for high schools to learn more and help spread the word about organ, eye, tissue, and blood donation. Any of our Community Programs are suitable for this age group, or we have the Donate Life Club which integrates them all.
Donate Life Club
The Donate Life Club is a multi-disciplinary program that supports students as they create an educational campaign to increase awareness about organ, eye, tissue and community blood donation among their peers. This extra-curricular, school year long program provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge, strengthen leadership skills, earn community service hours, and run a blood drive while advocating on behalf of ConnectLife.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact Maureen MacLefko, Manager of Education and Mission Integration at 716-529-4353 or fill out the form below.