The Pinky Swear Foundation Charles M. Harper Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a group of ambitious and engaged youth striving to be keepers of the Pinky Swear to help kids with cancer and their families with emotional and financial support. This active, social group of young people helps build awareness with their peers, increase fundraising in their region and spread a national movement by serving as:

  • Ambassadors of and for the Pinky Swear mission and story
  • Advisors providing recruiting, leading and mentoring for young athletes and fundraisers
  • Entrepreneurs identifying new opportunities for youth to be involved with Pinky Swear
  • Changemakers developing the next generation of the Youth Leadership Council

Why Join the Youth Leadership Council

  • Learn from leaders in your community including business executives, athletes and other distinguished influencers
  • Grow your skills through setting goals, fundraising, public speaking and being an example to your friends and family

Get Involved

Apply by completing the PDF application below and returning to Malaina Saha at

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Adult Facilitator for the YLC?

  • These students are making an impactful difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families – we are looking for adult volunteers with the passion to do the same!
  • The Volunteer Adult Facilitator will run local group meetings and help be responsible for creating a safe, supportive and fun environment for local and regional YLC members.
  • This individual will have the opportunity and responsibility to lead local/regional youth once per month by facilitating their local YLC meetings. These meetings will be pre-planned and laid out for the volunteer to easily execute.

Apply For A Student Leadership Scholarship

The Pinky Swear Foundation has always been centered around “kids helping kids” and honoring youth who support the original Pinky Swear promise. Pinky Swear will be awarding individuals scholarships, up to $1,500, to recognize their efforts. The goal of the scholarship is to celebrate talented student leaders who have strived to support children battling cancer.

Who is eligible:

Ages 8-21 and must be active in the Pinky Swear Youth Leadership Council (YLC), Pinky Swear PACK or been an active Pinky Swear Foundation Youth Volunteer for the past 6 months.

Criteria for award determination:

  • Leadership – Attending meetings and being an active member while in attendance. Leadership is also defined as supporting kids battling cancer by attending Pinky Swear events and being an advocate for the organization.
  • Dollars fundraised – Personal fundraising campaigns and/or PACK campaigns.
  • Connection to childhood cancer – Showing an understanding of how cancer affects a child and family.