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How to Find Interested Students

When looking to find student advocates in your service area, we recommend starting with your "inner circle."

Do you know any students? Do your coworkers know students? Do you have relationships with local professors?
Tapping into your volunteers and their community events
  • Reach out to existing volunteers by email. Encourage students to start a SODA chapter or host a SODA event and adults to share SODA with the students in their lives.
  • Add a brief description about SODA in presentations to high school and college groups.
  • Give interested students the flyer that explains the opportunity to start an organ donation chapter or host an event with your OPO’s support.
  • Include information about SODA during your volunteer training–even if it will be just adults (they can tell their children or grandchildren about SODA–and include a flyer along with the materials that volunteers distribute at registration events
Partner with local high school, college, and graduate school campuses 
  • Pre-health honoraries, Be The Match, and other health-related organizations are ideal organizations to target for finding potential organ donation advocates.
    • The contact information for these groups is often available through the campus website or accessible on LinkedIn.
  • Faculty and administrators, especially those in domains such as ethics, public policy, science, engineering, and health fields, can provide direct access to interested students.
Connect with transplant centers
  • Some transplant centers have outreach staff who can also assist with finding and advising new student organ donation advocates.
  • Transplant centers might be able to share SODA flyers to students who are receiving treatment or have loved ones receiving treatment. 
Mobilize your colleagues
  • Ask your colleagues if they know students who are leaders in their high school or college social circles and have strong communication skills. 
    • ​Prepare a list of these recommendations and reach out to these students to learn about their passion and potential interest in hosting an event or starting a chapter at their school.
  • Your co-workers' children can also start SODA chapters!
Psst! SODA has email templates for all this outreach.
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