- There's still time for college-bound students to apply for the AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship. The scholarships are $5,000 for the winner, $500 for the first runner-up, and $250 for the second runner-up. Visit http://www.afateens.org/about_new.html for a chance to learn how you can win one of the scholarships; the main component is to write an essay that reflects on the impact Alzheimer's disease has had on your life. Be sure to read all the competition guidelines and eligibility requirements-and note the February 15 deadline.
- AFA is now accepting applications for its AFA Teens and AFA on Campus advisory boards. Middle school and high school students are eligible to sit on the AFA Teens' board, and college students may participate on the AFA on Campus board. This role offers the opportunity to build leadership and volunteer skills, advise AFA as it leads a nationwide community of Alzheimer's advocates, speak out about the disease in your community,, and grow in your understanding of how your generation can inspire change among volunteers, advocates and people affected by Alzheimer's disease across America.
Advisory board members write blog posts, participate in conference calls, lead awareness-raising events, start chapters and guide AFA as it strengthens these valuable programs.
- Have you wanted to get more involved in raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease and volunteering in your community? There is no better time than now to start a chapter of AFA Teens or AFA on Campus. AFA Teens and AFA on Campus chapters can be started as independent organizations or can even be incorporated into existing clubs and groups, such as honor societies, sororities and fraternities, and rotary clubs.
AFA encourages you to take a stand against Alzheimer's disease by leading a chapter that will help educate your community, inspire volunteerism, and raise awareness. For an example of what some chapters are doing nationwide, visit http://www.afateens.org/news_afa_chapters.html.
For information about the above initiatives, please contact Jessie McHeffey, AFA Teens coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-232-8484. Please specify which division you are interested in, and include your contact information.
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.