Meet the National Council of College Leaders
National Council of College Leaders (NCCL) works to increase awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis through youth-focused advocacy and fundraising. Youth leaders become advocates for patients through local and national campaigns. Council members also identify new fundraising opportunities on their campus and are responsible for meeting a minimum fundraising goal each year, while supporting and increasing support for existing programs. NCCL members will develop leadership skills and prepare for even larger roles as advocates for people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
The 2019 NCCL application cycle is closed. Please check back in August 2019 for information about the 2020 application.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE NCCL:
Through a variety of initiatives, the NCCL increases awareness via the following areas:
Advocacy: During the Foundation’s annual legislative Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., the NCCL will host a special empowerment panel for patients, caregivers and youth to learn how to be effective advocates.
Marketing and Communications: In an effort to increase awareness and reach to college-aged students, the NCCL will use on-line tools such as social media and the Campus Connection website to help connect patients to helpful resources offered by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Education: Members of the NCCL will introduce their efforts on campus by hosting educational programs and student forums that aim to provide an introduction to inflammatory bowel diseases, told through the experiences of each council member, while connecting patients with other peers. The activity can be used in various formats, including live didactic presentations, webcasts, and theatrical performances.
Fundraising: Council members will lead efforts in raising funds to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Council members can participate in Team Challenge Campus, a local 5K program focused on raising mission critical funds while having fun and being physically active.
Applicant Eligibility & Requirements
At the time of application, the applicant must:
- Be a Freshman or Sophomore in college
- Be a patient with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis OR be a sibling or child of a patient with IBD
- Demonstrate qualifications in the following areas:
- Dedication to volunteerism (including with the Foundation if applicable)
- Leadership experience
- Academic strength
Selected council members are expected to attend at least two annual meetings (selected locations across the country), participate in monthly update calls, become involved with a local chapter, and serve as a Foundation leader/liaison to other youth in the IBD community.
Application Review Process
All applications are reviewed by a review committee based on the demonstrated qualifications outlined above. Qualified candidates will then be scheduled for a phone interview, and final decisions are announced in late-November. Please be advised that incomplete applications are not reviewed or accepted. Please ensure you submit a complete application, and use the application checklist as a reference. Thanks to the support of Abbvie and Janssen, youth leaders serve as advocates for patients through local and national campaigns. The NCCL also creates new fundraising opportunities, while supporting and increasing support for existing programs. Members develop leadership skills and prepare for even larger roles as advocates for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
In addition, the Foundation and its youth leadership also provides support for college students who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. When a student goes off to college, they are living on their own for the first time and will face many new challenges including new doctors, new teachers, new friends, as well as new food choices. At most campuses across the country, there is little support to help these students. As a result, the Foundation created an online community to close this gap.