Youth & Education Outreach

School Programs

Education is imperative for individuals to make informed choices about healthcare, and life in general.  We have found that students are very interested in organ donation and often have a lot of questions inspired by fictional media.  Tennessee Donor Services offers two comprehensive educational programs to inform high school and college students In Classroom and Recycle Your Life, to address this national health crisis:  the shortage of organs and tissues available for transplant.  Our school programs give foundational knowledge about organ and tissue donation, enabling them to make an educated decision about becoming a donor.  We hope you will join us.

In Classroom Programs

High School students are at an age of discovery and decision–and are often misled with incorrect information.  When they apply for their driver’s license or permit, teens will be asked if they are an organ donor (they must have a parent sign the application as well); so it is very important that students (and parents) are well informed.  TDS conducts hundreds of programs for high schools each year.  Presentations are adapted to suit various classes such as Driver’s Education, Health & Wellness, and Health Occupations, to name a few.  Speakers include donor family members, recipients or staff and are augmented by our library of educational videos and interactive, fun and inspiring activities.   The program also encourages students to discuss the topic of donation with their families.  If you are a teacher and would like to schedule a program for your class, please contact us at the regional office in your area:

Recycle Your Life

The Recycle Your Life DVD program is a thought-provoking way to open a discussion about organ, eye and tissue donation with students. All of the material is presented in student-friendly and sensitive manner. The goal is to help you provide accurate information that will help individuals make an informed decision about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. The program includes a DVD with inspirational stories and CD with a number of resources that allows you to customize your instruction, creating a memorable teaching unit.

Contact Us

Both the In Classroom and Recycle Your Life programs encourage students to discuss the topic of donation with their families.  If you are a teacher and would like to schedule a program or order Recycle Your Life DVD/CD kit for your class, please contact us at the regional office in your area:

Nashville – 888.234.4440

Knoxville – 865.588.1031

Chattanooga – 888.234.4440

Tri-Cities/SW Virginia – 423.915.0808