Students and Educators

For High School Students

The need is REAL.
Know the facts, share your decision.

Nationwide, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant. That is enough people to fill more than 2,000 school buses! Of those 120,000 people waiting, over 4,000 live in New Jersey. Because there is a shortage of organs for transplant, 22 people will die each day waiting on this list.

Who can be an organ and tissue donor?

Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, may be eligible for donation. A medical evaluation at an individual’s time of death will determine whether donation is possible.

How can your decision make a difference?

One organ donor can save 8 lives. One tissue donor can enhance the lives of over 75 others. Talk about your decision to donate with your family and friends. If you are 18 or older, register as an organ and tissue donor! Here's how:

  1. Visit your local Motor Vehicle Agency when you apply for your NJ driver’s license.
  2. Register online anytime. Remember to tell your family about your decision!

You must be 18 years old to officially register as an organ and tissue donor in New Jersey. Under the age of 18? You still have the power to donate! Be sure to share your wishes with your family, and remember to designate it on your license when you turn 18.

Your decision could save lives.
Think about it. Get involved.

Take a Field Trip

Talk to your teacher about visiting our headquarters in New Providence, NJ for a fun, educational one-day program to learn more about organ and tissue donation. Get directions.

Show your support

Wear your green “Donate Life” wristband at school and in the community to show your support for organ and tissue donation. To request materials, email our staff.

Visit our exhibit at Liberty Science Center

Check out our organ and tissue donation exhibit at Liberty Science Center, or ask your teacher about participating in the Live From Kidney Transplant Surgery Program. Visit Liberty Science Center's website for more information.

Participate in our events

Start a team of family and friends for our 5K Celebration of Life or volunteer with a group!

Celebrate Donate Life Month

Participate in Donate Life Month in April – a perfect time to host events on campus. We can assist you by providing materials, giveaways, and speakers for your events.

Apply for our scholarship

Apply for our scholarship if you are a graduating senior and personally connected to organ and tissue donation. Find out more.

Volunteer

Become a volunteer in the community or in our office and help educate others about organ and tissue donation. You will not only help support our mission, but we promise you’ll have fun doing it! Email our staff to learn more about how you can earn community service hours.

Research projects

Consider making organ and tissue donation the subject of your next research paper or scouting project. We can provide you with resources and other materials! Have a question? Email our staff and we can help.

Start a Donate Life Student Chapter

Start your own Donate Life Student Chapter at your school and inform your student community about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Host table displays during lunch, publish articles in the school newspaper or organize a speaker assembly. Interested? We want to hear from you! Email our staff to get started.

 

“Before my sister became a donor, the topic of organ and tissue donation never crossed my mind. Now, I can’t wait to check ‘YES’ when I get my new license.”
- Sam, sister of organ and tissue donor, Maddie
 

"I am doing much better than I was before my transplant, and am looking forward to attending my first semester of college."
- Brian, cornea transplant recipient
 

 

“My transplant has taught me to not hold back on living life to its fullest, as well as to give back to the community that gave so much to me and my family.”
- Emma, heart transplant recipient 

 

Office volunteers Sam, Maggie and Clare spend their after-school hours working to save lives through organ and tissue donation!

 

Donate Life Student Chapters work hard to inform the student community about the importance of organ and tissue donation.