The American Heart Association Sweethearts are high school juniors and seniors who actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. Through the Sweetheart program, these young ladies learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
During their tenure as Sweethearts, these young ladies will focus on the goals of the American Heart Association and how to implement them on a daily basis in their lives. Each month, the Sweethearts participate in both educational and volunteer programs with the assistance of many local sponsors and the American Heart Association.
In addition to these requirements and equally as important, Sweethearts will learn about their community, volunteer their time, make lifelong friends, and learn about heart health. They serve as representatives of their families, schools, peers and the American Heart Association, and as models for good behavior, ethics and moral standards.
As a part of the American Heart Association Des Moines Heart Ball, Sweethearts will help fundraise throughout the course of the program. While Sweethearts, they also earn community service/education hours that are centered around learning more about becoming advocates for heart health in their generation.
"As the wife of a congenital heart defect survivor, the mission of the American Heart Association has been extremely important in my life over the past decade. This Sweethearts program combines my passion for working with young people and an opportunity to focus on the importance of being heart healthy in all aspects of life.
I hope girls throughout the state join me and become part of this fun, educational team committed towards helping ourselves, but most importantly, others."
Lyndsey Fennelly, Sweethearts Program Chair
Sweethearts are invited and selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Young ladies entering their junior or senior year who are interested in becoming participants in the Sweetheart program should contact Heather Schmidt, Corporate Events Director at the American Heart Association, at 515-265-4567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DesMoines-SweetheartApplication