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St. Jude Leadership Society


Inspired by the vision of our founder Danny Thomas and the ALSAC preamble,  St. Jude Leadership Society (SJLS) is a distinguished membership of high-performing high school students who share a passion for leadership, service, and community. SJLS gives members an opportunity to give back through service and leadership by promoting and supporting the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®

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St. Jude Leadership Society students will learn how to make meaningful connections with peers, mentors and business leaders during interactive training sessions.


Honoring our history


For more than 50 years, children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases have been welcomed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude founder Danny Thomas believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life."

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.  We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.


Inspiring our future


SJLS is a unique leadership development experience for high school students

During a six-month period, members will have an opportunity to exercise their leadership skills while raising funds and awareness for the kids of St. Jude. View membership expectations.

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There are three unique elements within the SJLS experience:

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Leadership development
Members participate in a series of leadership development sessions that engage a variety of successful community and corporate leaders.  All session experiences are inspired by St. Jude Founder Danny Thomas and focus on universal leadership traits like good citizenship, gratitude, grit, integrity, empathy, and courage.

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Shared experience
Throughout the SJLS journey, members will have an opportunity to learn from mentors, peers, and ALSAC St. Jude executives and partners, alike.  Through their shared experience members will gain valuable insight to a variety of career paths, improve communication, and exercise skills that will set them apart.

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Transformational fundraising
All members will receive the tools, training and resources they need to successfully leverage their passion, skills and networks to build and execute a fundraising strategy to benefit the children and families at St. Jude. Every dollar raised ensures that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


Members who achieve or exceed their St. Jude Leadership Society development goals will be invited to experience St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.


Apply for the SJLS experience:
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Peer advisor application >

For more information, email Amy Junge at


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