RFL Training Plan: Transition

There are a couple life changes where large numbers of amazing Relay For Life participants stop volunteering for the American Cancer Society. 

One, is the transition from high school to college. Some people think that there won’t be enough time to continue volunteering for the American Cancer Society, while some say that they want to explore other volunteering opportunities in college.

What is so great about the American Cancer Society is that as a college student, you are able to juggle the responsibilities of being a student and an advocate for something you’re passionate about. You are also able to cater to your skills — and maybe even your career goals — by focusing on a specific portion of the American Cancer Society. For example, if you’re interested in policy, advocacy, you can become a part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, or ACS CAN. If you’re in a sorority or fraternity, you can work on your Relay For Life’s committee to increase involvement from the Greek community. Or, if you’re passionate about cancer research, you can be involved in your school’s committee for cancer education or mission. 

Ultimately, college is a time to find out what you’re passionate about, or maybe even solidify passions you had before. We know you were passionate about the American Cancer Society in high school, so it should not stop there. To find out more about your college event, click here to look at a map of all collegiate events in the country. 

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The second transition where we lose TOO many great volunteers is after college graduation, or when volunteers join the “real world”. For so many graduating seniors, priorities shift and it can be hard to find your place in the American Cancer Society. You might be moving to a new city, taking a new job, or just looking for volunteer opportunities that enhance your relevancy as a Young Professional in the workplace.
The best part is, ACS has opportunities that cater to each one of those. Let’s say that you are moving to a new city, or taking a new job. ACS Young Professionals can provide a network of dedicated volunteers that can help you to become more integrated in a new community. Your first friends, your first network connections in a brand new place. The worst and best part about cancer is that the passion for the end of the fight unites every relayer and ACS volunteer around the country.

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The second platform helps ACS to utilize volunteers to develop their professional skills. This platform is called Catch-a-Fire. Periodically staff and volunteers around the country will post  digital engagement opportunities. This could be anything from designing a new logo and developing a new website to helping to craft a new breakout session for a regional summit. No matter where you are you can periodically check to see if ACS has posted an opportunity for you to practice and hone marketable skills for your professional career that you may not be able to do in your current job setting.
No matter what kind of connections or development opportunities you are looking for there is a place in the American Cancer Society as you or your seniors transition into the “Real World.” If you’re a transitioning high school senior, click here to see a map of all collegiate Relay For Life events. For more information on Young Professionals, you can head on over to the Young Professionals website or email the volunteer care team at ivolunteer@cancer.org talk to someone within ACS about the opportunities anywhere in the country.

We cannot wait to see you continue your involvement within ACS. With passionate people like you, we are funding a mission that will save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer!