The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is launching a campaign to engage kids and teenagers in the fight against ALS, issuing the ALS Youth Challenge and celebrating the first-ever ALS Youth Action Day. Across the country, we will be partnering with youth organizations in their communities to identify future activists and philanthropists who will help to defeat ALS by accepting the ALS Youth Challenge.
On May 19, we will recognize the first annual ALS Youth Action Day, a day where kids can set aside time to take the ALS Youth Challenge, raise money and awareness for the fight against ALS, and spread the word on social media. By hosting an iced tea stand, giving an ALS awareness speech, writing letters to Congress, taking a pie in the face, or just playing sports, participants in the ALS Youth Challenge will spread hope and inspire others to envision a world without ALS. The ALS Youth Challenge can empower kids directly affected by ALS as well as recruit others into the fight.
Rebecca Wetzel, a teacher and philanthropist based in New Jersey, came up with the ALS Youth Challenge concept and worked with The ALS Association to develop it. She was inspired to do so by her own experience watching her grandfather battle ALS when she was six.
“I remember being confused and helpless,” she said. “I could not understand why my grandfather stopped being able to throw a ball with me, why he stopped being able to pick me up, and then, eventually, why he could not speak to me anymore.”
Rebecca and her family appeared on “Today” in May 2018 to discuss the ALS Iced Tea Challenge, which encourages kids to set up iced tea stands to raise awareness of ALS and fund for The ALS Association’s mission. The ALS Iced Tea Challenge is one of the concepts included in the ALS Youth Challenge. In 2018, Rebecca and her two daughters raised more than $30,000 for ALS research, care services, and advocacy through their iced tea stands.
The ALS Association agrees with Ellie Wetzel, age 4: “We believe kids are awesome and can do anything.”
Show us what you can do and take the ALS Youth Challenge!
Play Sports. Spread Hope.
Pick a sport, find a place to play, and recruit sponsors. There are fun ways to do what you love and raise awareness – and money – at the same time.
Pour Tea. Spread Hope.
Create your own iced tea stand. Raise money from donations and raise awareness with each customer.
Write Letters. Spread Hope.
Contact your local members of Congress and tell them why ALS research and legislation are important to you. Learn about The ALS Associations’ legislative priorities here.
Throw Pies. Spread Hope.
Take a pie in the face and challenge your friends, teammates, even principal or teachers to do the same. Post the challenge on social media using the hashtag #ALSYouthAction. Pass the challenge on to friends and collect donations.
Educate Others. Spread Hope.
Create a presentation to teach your class, friends, school, or any organization about ALS and how it affects your family.
Share Your Hero. Spread Hope.
Take a picture of your ALS hero. It could be someone living with ALS, or a caregiver, scientist, or doctor participating in the fight against ALS. Post the photo to social media using the hashtags #ALSHero and #ALSYouthAction. Include a few sentences about how your hero inspires you.
Use Your Imagination. Spread Hope.
Develop your own awareness or fundraising idea. Your ideas and passion are limitless. Show everyone your creativity as you help those fighting ALS!
If you are under 18, ask your mom, dad, or another adult for permission and/or to help you.
Register your ALS Youth Action Day participation at One Dollar Difference.
Make a gift using our Golden West Chapter's Youth Action Day Campaign!
Start planning your Youth Challenge. Download this helpful toolkit and get started.
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