Student Leaders

Student leaders are at the core of the programme

Student leaders use their creativity to determine the best ways to run a successful election at their school. They walk away with new skills and a sense of confidence in their ability to make a difference in the world.

The opportunity to become a student leader is open to highly motivated, reliable students who want to make a positive impact in the world. Student leaders earn Service Leadership Certificates from Giving What We Can, which make a unique addition to work, internship, and college applications.


Running the election

The suggested time commitment for each student leader is 15 hours over the course of 5-7 weeks as they plan and organise the election. Their responsibilities include:

  • Completing a short training programme
  • Spreading awareness about the charities and encouraging students to vote
  • Interviewing students and teachers about the election
  • Publishing and announcing the election results

Apply now FAQ

🗳️ 2023 sponsorships now open! If you are interested in becoming a student leader, it is recommended that you apply together with a favourite teacher. The deadline to apply for sponsorship is at least one month before the election would be held.

“The Charity Election process gave us advanced insight into how campaigns and funding work, while simultaneously providing us with experience helping promote highly effective charities to the general public. It taught us leadership skills, problem solving, and was a very fun class activity, especially for a government and politics class, where there was so much to take away. Overall, the experience gave us fulfilment and knowledge while providing us with reason to promote donations to outstanding causes.”
- Lucia Willkomm and Maggie Muth, AP Government & Politics