The Allergy Awareness Challenge is a program that can be run by students and is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours. It is recommended for motivated students who are passionate about raising food allergy awareness in their school. They should have a teacher supervisor to help guide the planning of the program as well as around 6 volunteers to help with the planning of the activities. Consider getting allergic students to volunteer as they have an increased knowledge about anaphylaxis. Students' Council is also a great group to ask for assistance.
The Allergy Awareness Challenge is a fun way to educate students about allergies and anaphylaxis in the classroom. The program would be ideal for health class or as an extra-curricular learning opportunity. The current program is intended for high school students, however we are looking into a version for elementary schools.
Camps and other community organizations
Allergy awareness is a concept that is important to our entire community. This program can also be used by camps, churches, libraries and other organizations to help spread allergy education to their teenage participants and volunteers.
Students running it in a High School
It is recommend to have the following number of volunteers to run the program:
Running the Allergy Awareness Challenge is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience. Before you sign-up to be a student program coordinator, make sure that you have read over all of the information about the challenge, the step by step guide to running the program, as well as the volunteer commitment.
Typical Program Structure in a High School
Before signing up for the program, ask yourself:
- Do I have up to 15 hours of spare time to dedicate to organizing and running the Allergy Awareness Challenge?
- Am I comfortable speaking in public, working with & delegating to volunteers, and approaching my school principal?
- Am I willing to ask for assistance from students' council or volunteers?
- Am I passionate about raising food allergy awareness in my school?
- Am I comfortable reaching out to Food Allergy Canada for help if I ever have any questions?