Want to be your best self?
Become a college student leader.

Want to be your
best self?
Become a college student leader.

Being a Student Leader

Kesem was founded in 2000 as the vision of five college students at Stanford University. Innovation, empathy, and leadership are in our DNA. That’s why we continue to center our work through the volunteer efforts of empathetic and enterprising college student volunteers.

When you join a Kesem chapter, you’ll make an immediate and transformative impact on the lives of children affected by a parent’s cancer - a population of more than 5 million. You’ll also build friendships that will last for years. While your experience with Kesem will grow and challenge you in new ways, it will also create genuinely rewarding moments. For everything you put into this volunteer experience, you’ll get even more back.

Our supportive community is invested in your leadership development through and beyond college. As a member of our network of more than 5,300 students across the country, you’ll learn the ins and outs of  hands-on nonprofit management, including fundraising, programming, and marketing. After college, you’ll join more than 13,000 alumni that share your experience and are eager to help you grow and develop along the way.

Training and Support

Regardless of your role as a student volunteer, we’ll provide you with ongoing training and guidance to help you be successful at Kesem and your professional life after college. 

You will work alongside highly motivated peers to help organize and lead all aspects of the local chapters. Student leaders primarily receive training through Fall Training, which occurs at the start of the academic year. Additional year-round support is then provided and determined based on your student leader role.  

Students who take on leadership positions also have the opportunity to attend our National Leadership Summit, where over 700 student volunteers come together annually to network and attend tailored training tracks.

College student volunteers for Kesem

Roles for Student Volunteers

There are all kinds of roles for you at Kesem. It doesn't matter your major or your background. If you care about our mission, we’ll help you channel your passion in ways that are fun and exciting for you.

Love to lead and motivate others?

Become a chapter director.

Love summer camp?

Become a camp counselor!

Want experience in your major?

 Become one of our chapter coordinators that manage areas of finance, marketing, and fundraising.

Love the mission, but have only a few hours to help?

Become a committee member and help with a specific project.

Find out if there’s a chapter at your school!
Camp Kesem has been the best thing I've chosen to do in college. I've made some of my best friends, met some of the most selfless and kind people, and have been able to play at least the smallest part in the lives of our incredibly strong children. These things mean the world to me."
—kesem student leader