Partners for Life

Canadian Blood Services just wrapped up its annual high school challenge—Young Blood For Life—which challenges high schools students across the country to donate blood and help save lives. By the end of May when the challenge ended, 306 schools from coast to coast had signed up.

The Young Blood For Life Challenge kicked off last September when students at participating schools were invited to attend workshops, hosted by Canadian Blood Services, that provided them with all they needed to know about leading the challenge in their schools.

These student leaders or Youth Development Champions (YDCs) learned about the biology of blood and the ongoing need for blood in our country. In addition, YDCs got familiar with the process of donating blood and learned some tips and techniques to help them with their clinic planning.

After learning the ropes, YDCs got down to the business of recruiting their fellow students, educating them about all they needed to know about being blood donors, then the competition got underway.  Some schools are hosting mobile clinics, while others are bringing their students into Canadian Blood Services sites to donate as a group.

Canadian Blood Services puts a lot of focus on consistent collections, and an equal focus on the recruitment of new donors. Youth in Canada have definitely stepped up to the plate and are helping us meet our goal every day.

The final results have been outstanding with the 306 schools donating over 13,728 units of blood.  What’s even more impressive is that over 5,929 of these donors are new to Canadian Blood Services.

A huge thanks goes out to all students who are participated in this year’s Young Blood For Life Challenge!