Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida invites area youth to apply for Youth Leadership Committee

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida is now accepting applications for their Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) program in Lee and Collier counties for the 2017/2018 school year.

The YLC meets once a month to help spread awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission, plan fundraisers and events, and work together to plan the annual Youth Leadership Mac N’ Cheese Challenge. Meetings are run like board meetings with officer positions to be nominated and voted upon in the upcoming school year.

Students involved in the program will learn valuable skills that can be used throughout life, college and career. They will also learn to share the power of a wish® and what a simple gift can do for children who are facing the most challenging time in their lives. Each meeting will consist of a “Wishing for Success” component in which, guest speakers will help teach the committee skills such as public speaking, budgeting, leadership and more.

Students in grades seven through 12 may apply by contacting Taylor Marini, Development Coordinator of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, at The deadline to submit an application is on June 30, 2017.

Interviews and orientation for the YLC program will be held in July with meetings running once a month from August through May. Students who are passionate about helping kids with life-threatening medical conditions, and who are able to attend monthly meetings in Lee/Collier are encouraged to apply.

The goal is to grow the YLC program into a network of youth across Southern Florida to help ensure every eligible child receives his or her one true wish. YLC will work to develop Kids For Wish Kids® programs across the Southern Florida area with the goal of granting the wishes of several children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Students earn volunteer hours, plus have fun in granting wishes.

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 11,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit or call 239-992-9474.
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.