Michigan Blood Hosts High School Leadership Training Workshop
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:52PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Students Drive Coordinators Learn Key Skills
to Introduce Classmates to Blood Donation Process


On Monday, April 22, 2013, Michigan Blood will host more than 75 high school students and advisors from throughout West Michigan for an interactive Leadership Training Workshop to be held  from 10 am – 1:00 pm at Celebration Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE (Knapp and the East Beltline) in Grand Rapids.  The workshop is designed to provide student leaders with critical tools to engage their classmates in the blood donation process. 

Bill Rietscha, CEO of Michigan Blood, explains:  “It is our privilege to work with students throughout Michigan and engage them in the critical role of helping secure a safe and adequate blood supply for over 40 Michigan-based hospitals, and every hospital in Kent County.  Not only is their role important today – it sets the stage for making a lifesaving impact for years to come.  As our donor base ages and more ‘baby boomers’ become ineligible to donate, it is essential that we continue to introduce students to the donation process while in high school and encourage them to continue upon graduation.”

During this interactive workshop, high school blood drive coordinators will develop practical tools and leadership skills to host successful drives.  This three hour program will include interactive role playing, sharing best practices with other high school students, and brainstorming for creative messaging.   Students also will fine tune their social media skills and learn how their schools can host cause-based Summer Step Up programs to raise needed funding for their school organizations. 

This workshop is being piloted in Grand Rapids and will be expanded to cover Michigan Blood’s Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Traverse City, Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City service areas.    

For additional details, contact: Kristen Sisson at 616.233.8524 or ksisson@miblood.org.

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