Students for the Cure


The “Students for the Cure” Program has been created to encourage young people between the ages of 12 and 17 to engage in volunteerism, fundraising, and support for Susan G. Komen North Jersey, the fight against breast cancer, give back to the communities in which they live, and contribute to the “greater good.”

The goal of the program is to recruit, through an application process, outstanding individuals from each of the nine counties in the Affiliate’s service area—Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren—to be 2016 Komen North Jersey “Students for the Cure Ambassadors” representing his or her home county at the 2016 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure on May 1, 2016, at pre-Race events, at events during October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for other initiatives as needed.

Students for the Cure Ambassadors must commit to fundraising for the Komen North Jersey Affiliate, and are strongly encouraged to set a minimum goal of $2,500.

It is our hope that through this experience, which involves recruiting, encouraging and coaching others in their peer group, setting and reaching goals, being both a team leader and part of a team, these young people will be rewarded with a great sense of achievement and the knowledge that they have made a difference in the lives of others.

The Ambassadors, who will serve for one term, will be advised and coached by both an experienced peer Students for the Cure Chairperson (who has been an Ambassador for two previous years), and a Komen Advisor.


  1. Lead a Race for the Cure Team– Each Ambassador will be required to create a Race for the Cure Team for the next Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, and as Team Captain, are asked to recruit a minimum of five team members. Teams are expected to raise funds for the Race. Team Captains will be provided with suggestions and ideas for fundraising, and will receive coaching from the Students for the Cure Chairperson and Komen Advisor.
  2. Attend one (1) Pre-Race Ambassador Meeting – Ambassadors will be expected to attend one meeting (date and location to be determined; this may possibly be a teleconference) with the Students for the Cure Chairperson and Komen Advisor for personal, team and fundraising coaching.
  3. Be an Ambassador at Your School – Ambassadors will distribute information about breast cancer awareness possibly sell pink bracelets and other Komen merchandise at their schools as part of their fundraising (to be provided by Komen North Jersey). Ambassadors will also be expected to encourage and enlist fellow students at their school to join their teams and/or participate in the next Race for the Cure and October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.
  4. Represent Your County at Events – Ambassadors will represent their counties at pre-Race events such as the “Pre-Race Survivor Celebration” at Lord & Taylor Westfield in April and other events throughout the year, as required.
  5. Fulfill a Leadership Role on Race Day – On Race Day, Ambassadors will be assigned leadership duties (to be determined) in around the Race Site.  Note: these assignments will not interfere with the 5K Walk so that you may participate in the walk with your team, if desired.

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