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Welcome new National Campus & Youth Engagement Team

Meet the student volunteers who provide nationwide strategy and direction to youth and collegiate fundraising programs.

The National Campus & Youth Engagement Team (NCYET) met on June 17 and 18 in Chicago, IL, for the annual transition meeting where they spent time learning about ACS, setting up the team for success, learning how to be effective trainers, creating year-long strategy plans, and, of course, team bonding and having fun. 

The NCYET is a group of 14 student volunteers across the country who work to set and execute the nationwide strategy for elementary, middle school, high school and college spaces. The team provides year-round support, develops resources, and facilitates the creation of a national network of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to the fight to end cancer.  

Meet the 2023-2024 team members! 

NameRole Region School State
Sam Keimweiss Co-Lead North Northwestern University IL 
Caitlyn Risley Co-Lead Northeast Youngstown State University (Graduated) OH 
Sameeha Ahmed ACS On Campus High School Chair CGH Division UC Berkeley CA 
Shanay Desai Global Capacity Chair Southeast Vanderbilt University TN 
Kaitlyn Helt Recognition & Top Performers Chair Northeast Youngstown State University (Graduated) OH 
Jake Konigsberg Advocacy Chair Northeast University of Pennsylvania PA 
Jessica Lee Training & Development Chair Northeast Rutgers University NJ 
Megan Palestro ACS On Campus College Chair Northeast Siena College NY 
Maddison Petrow Mission Integrations Chair Northeast Northern Highlands Regional High School NJ 
Ananya Pinnamaneni Community Liaison Co-Chair CGH Division Dougherty Valley High School CA 
Saketh Pradhan Fundraising Innovations Chair North University of Pennsylvania PA 
Darshita Prathap Marketing & Communications Chair CGH Division UC Berkeley CA 
Hailee Ronnow Community Liaison Co-Chair Southeast University of Tennessee (Graduated) TN 
Isha Sarkar Relay For Life Chair CGH Division UC Santa Cruz CA 

While this group of high school and college students each have a different role on the team, they collaborate as one unifying group.  

Some things to expect from the team this year will include new chapter and new officer virtual onboarding programs, peer-to-peer mentoring, nationwide fundraising challenges, training videos, supporting the annual Top Performers Conference, and collaboration amongst other ACS Volunteer Groups such as the Nationwide Community Fundraising Leadership Team and the Gold Together Advisory Council. 

For questions regarding the National Campus & Youth Engagement Team, please email

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