Discovering the Power of Life at the 2008 Real World Educational Workshop
More than 250 students kicked off their high school blood drive season at this year's Real World Educational Workshop. The two-day clinic brought together students from throughout the Texas Gulf Coast to learn how they, too, can lead strong and successful blood drives this school year.
The event held at Memorial Hermann Hospital included several mini-sessions designed to engage the student volunteers in the blood donation and recruitment process. To further involve the students, groups were asked to create their own Commit for Life video. The winner of this challenge will have their video debuted on The Blood Center's Power of Life MySpace page, www.myspace.com/poweroflifetx.
To see how their donations truly helps save lives, students were then invited to tour Memorial Hermann's facilities, including the trauma unit and the Life Flight operations.
As young life-savers, these high school students' blood drives account for 20 percent of The Blood Center's mobile blood drive collections each year. Through the Power of Life program, students are introduced to the donation process today and encouraged to continue making a commitment to donate in the future.