Youth Fundraising & Leadership Program Opportunities

The National Foundation for Cancer Research through its Youth Fundraising & Leadership Program provides students with the opportunity to make a significant impact on the fight against cancer.

Through the Youth Fundraising & Leadership Program, NFCR engages and empowers students of all ages to use their time and talents to raise critical funds to accelerate cancer research. Participants represent students across the globe active in sports, music, the arts, gaming and more. They learn the values of generosity, responsibility and leadership, while they make a real impact on discovering new treatments and a cure for cancer—all cancers. 

The NFCR Youth Ambassador program is an opportunity for top high school students to serve as leaders in raising awareness and support for cutting-edge cancer research. 

Students can also choose to participate in NFCR’s existing fundraising programs, Play4TheCure and Arts4TheCure or can create their own unique fundraising event under our Youth Fundraising & Leadership platform.

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Showcase your talents in fine or performing arts, music or other artistic outlets to engage your community in supporting cancer research.

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Combine your passion for sports or fitness with the fight against cancer, by organizing an athletic fundraising event.

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Do It Yourself

Whether around a celebration or other momentous occasion, start your own campaign today

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Youth Ambassador Program

  • Raise awareness and funds to support critical cancer research
  • Learn to be a community service leader
  • Strengthen critical thinking, leadership, persuasion and problem-solving skills
  • Professional, real-world work relationships
  • Receive a letter of recommendation from NFCR for resumes and college applications
  • Celebrate your successes at a year-end event hosted by NFCR. Join NFCR’s esteemed annual event – the Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research reception and dinner- with members of your family

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Featured Participants

Peter Qiu 

In 2019, high school student Peter Qiu, from Landon High School in Bethesda,
Maryland, participated in an art exhibition in Washington, D.C., where he showcased and sold his original pieces of fine arts in support of NFCR’s Arts4TheCure program. Between the sale of his artwork and his personal efforts to raise additional funds, Peter raised over $6,000 to support NFCR-led cancer research.




Katy Gray

After losing her grandmother to pancreatic cancer, high school student Katy Gray was determined to honor her memory through support of cancer research. Through her personal outreach efforts and the help of family and friends, Katy raised more than $15,000.





Delaney Snowden & The Key School 

In 2016, high school field hockey player Delaney Snowden, recruited four sport teams from her school, The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, to participate in NFCR’s Play4TheCure program. Together with the help of her teammates, she established “Marcella Yedid Athletic Week—named for the school’s former headmaster, who died of colon cancer. For three years Delaney organized various fundraisers and together with the Key School student body raised over $12,000.