Interactive Programs for School and Community Groups

Unyts 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. Interested organizations can sponsor a blood drive. 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)

This program geared towards middle school aged student’s, focuses on wellness and maintaining healthy organs. Representatives from Unyts will educate students on organ donation, the importance of caring for your body, the purpose each organ serves, and why people may be in need of an organ. We will then discuss the various ways we can ensure keeping those organs healthy (eating healthy, staying physically fit, not smoking/drinking alcohol). We will also discuss various illnesses that are increasing in children/teens such as diabetes, obesity and how they affect our organs and overall well-being. Students will be given the opportunity to explore their own eating habits and come up with a healthy meal plan, to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, by using blood jugs (water and red food coloring), we will discuss who is in need of blood, why people need blood and the importance of blood donation. The blood jugs will show the students how much blood they have in their body, compared to an adult and an infant, as well as how valuable blood is to those who are in need.  Students will also have the opportunity to run a donate life campaign in their school, leading up to a blood drive. Students will incorporate the importance of blood donation and education regarding preparation, as well as the donation process as a whole, with in their school community. A mini health fair, awareness tables and marketing campaigns are ways to promote this event.   

High School/College

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 program 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 Unyts.  

STREAM

In 2014, Unyts 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. Unyts provides a 6 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 in 2017-2018 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

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact Maureen MacLefko, Community Partnership Manager at 716-566-3926 or fill out the form below.

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