Since the council formed last year, 20 Arizona schools have worked together to collectively raise $60,000 for future wishes, benefiting children with critical illnesses.
“I knew about Make-A-Wish Arizona from student council events in the past, and when I heard there was an opportunity to get involved and help wishes come true, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said Anjelina, who is student body president of McClintock High School.
“As part of the YLC, we work with Arizona schools all over the state to create fundraising projects and help raise awareness about the mission of Make-A-Wish Arizona,” she continued. “In the past year, the work I have completed with the council has helped me be more creative with my own student council and has shown me how to become a better leader at my school.”
Jamie, who is the junior president for her student council, is excited to have the opportunity to give back after she received a wish to go to Costa Rica in 2016.
“My wish impacted me so much and it’s so cool to know there’s a way I can help other kids receive a wish,” said Jamie, who is now in remission for cancer. “This is the first year my school has fundraised for Make-A-Wish Arizona and hopefully it will become a tradition for us in the future.”
Members of the Youth Leadership Council also meet with other schools for networking opportunities throughout the year, where they discover new ideas and share best-practices for youth fundraisers.
“We host fundraisers at nearby restaurants benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona and our Miracle Minute Challenge is a huge success, where students have three minutes to fill up an entire bucket with cash,” Jamie said.
“Every school is different so the best advice I can give students is to set a goal, follow through and find out what method works best for the students at your school,” Anjelina said.
Although they are just getting started, Anjelina and Jamie are optimistic about the year ahead and encourage any students who are interested in planning Wish Weeks to reach out and get involved.
“I definitely see more pride at my school now, from both students and teachers. I didn’t think people would be so generous but people really care,” shared Anjelina. “You don’t need to be on student council. Any student who wants to get involved can find a way to help. I feel so fulfilled that I’m part of this cause and it’s greater than I ever imagined.”
“It’s awesome to know that there’s an opportunity like this for teens and we have the ability to carry out wishes at our age,” said Jamie. “Now that I’ve seen both sides of a wish, I understand that every dollar you raise – whether it’s a little or a lot – makes a big difference to kids like me.”
If you are interested in learning more about our Kids For Wish Kids program or planning a Wish Week for your school or organization, please contact Development & Events Coordinator, Brenna Stewart, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.343.9460.