Education and Outreach

Students and Educators

NJ Sharing Network offers both students and educators the resources to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Our programs are carefully designed to help schools and college institutions meet the new core content curriculum standards mandated by the New Jersey Hero Act.

The Hero Act was signed into law by Acting Governor Richard J. Codey on July 22, 2008 and includes the following measures designed to create a more dynamic, comprehensive framework regarding organ and tissue donation, one with mandated educational and decisional components:

  • Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, each public high school in NJ is required to ensure that information about organ and tissue donation is included in the Core Curriculum Content Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education for grades 9-12.
  • Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, each public institution of higher education in the state will be required to provide information to its students, either through student health services or as part of the curriculum.
  • The curriculum in each college of medicine in New Jersey will include instruction on organ and tissue donation and recovery that will be required as a condition of receiving a diploma.
  • The curriculum in each educational program of professional nursing in the state will include instruction in organ and tissue donation and recovery that will be required as a condition of receiving a degree or diploma.

Learn more about the New Jersey Hero Act

NJ Sharing Network Education Series Featured in Bergen Record Newspaper

NJ Sharing Network, in partnership with the Bergen Record’s Newspaper In Education Program, produces a multi-week education series annually to examine the topic of organ and tissue donation from different perspectives. The series, which appears in both traditional print and electronic versions of the newspaper, addresses the benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation by featuring recipients who have received a life-saving transplant, donor families whose decision gave the gift of life to others, as well as healthcare professionals who have dedicated their careers to saving lives.

2014 Education Series

Week 1, 2014 - The role of a Donation Resource Coordinator

Week 2, 2014 - Tissue donation perspective from a Surgical Recovery Specialist

Week 3, 2014 - How does tissue donation help restore the gift of sight?

Week 4, 2014 – What roles do hospitals play in tissue donation and transplantation?

Week 5, 2014 - How does a person's life change after receiving a new heart valve?

Week 6, 2014 - How does a funeral director raise awareness about the importance of tissue donation?

Week 7, 2014 - Is there a cut-off age for someone to become an organ and tissue donor?

Week 8, 2014 - How can donated tissue help someone who is battling breast cancer?

Week 9, 2014 - How can donated bone help someone with a spinal injury?

Week 10, 2014 - How does tissue donation help restore one's mobility?

2013 Education Series

Week 1, 2013 – Understanding Donation

Week 2, 2013 – Why are organ transplants necessary?

Week 3, 2013 – Why are tissue transplants necessary?

Week 4, 2013 – What role does religion play in organ and tissue donation?

Week 5, 2013 – What is the organ and tissue donation process?

Week 6, 2013 – How are youth affected by organ and tissue donation?

Week 7, 2013 – How does a volunteer help spread important messages to the community?

Week 8, 2013 – What role do hospitals play in organ and tissue donation and transplantation?