It is the goal of the JJ’s Legacy, “Got the Dot Leadership Program” to educate youth in Kern County High Schools of the opportunity to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Each year thousands of Kern County High School students apply for their first driver license or identification (ID) card. They are presented with the opportunity to join the organ, eye and tissue donor registry through JJ’s Legacy/Donate Life California. Many students are unaware of what being a donor means and how they can greatly help their communities by checking “Yes” to donation when applying. Providing information to students during the program prior to going to the DMV allows them to make an educated decision. 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 application form, each student needs to be properly educated.
The JJ’s Legacy, “Got the Dot Leadership Program” requires full commitment on behalf of the students who have filled out the application with the parents consent. Each student must be in attendance for all seminars and commit to working as a team with their peers and the mentors in the program. Students must complete all homework assigned and arrive at each seminar prepared and ready to learn. Collaboration is required in an effort to educate and encourage education about organ eye and tissue donation.