When first time drivers go to the DMV to apply for their driver's licence, it is mandatory to complete and answer Question #6 on the form, which asks them if they would like to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. They have the choice of marking "Yes" to be a donor or, "NO”, not at this time. Either way, because it is a required field on the DMV driver's licence application form, each student needs to be properly educated.
In 2016 the JJ’s Legacy team developed the “Got the Dot” High School Leadership Program” in response to this need. With the goals of investing in our community and nurturing the next generation of educated and inspired students, this project is the perfect way to bring our community together and create positive lasting change!
The Got the Dot High School Leadership Program provides education and leadership skills. The 5 consecutive sessions will give information on the facts regarding organ, eye and tissue donation, provide several independent assignments to expand information from each session and include invited guest speakers who have had a life saving transplant. The culminating project will be a video presentation on organ, eye and tissue donation. Students will receive the criteria on the context for the video presentation and work in teams. Student teams will post their completed videos on JJ’s Legacy Youtube.
Sharing their newly gained knowledge about organ, eye and tissue donation is vital for the completion of the program. A film festival will take place at the end of the program with the student teams presenting their videos to a local panel of judges. Students are encouraged to invite their family and friends to this event. All the students who participate in Got the Dot program will receive participation certificates. JJ’s Legacy will award scholarships to first and second place winning video teams. The goal of The GTD High School Leadership program is to increase donor registration in Kern County.
To view past year’s graduation projects, click here.