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Young Champions
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Mission and Vision
Who We Are
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Activities
Find us on Facebook




The Next Generation's Fight to End Alzheimer's

Our Mission: The Young Champions is a diverse group of emerging leaders who are dedicated to changing the face of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by engaging our peers and raising awareness across generations.

Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer's.

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Who We Are

The members of Young Champions care about Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve been touched by Alzheimer’s in our own lives, and we see the epidemic’s potential to affect everyone in our society, and deplete our public resources. As a group of young professionals who are engaged in our communities, we’re taking on the mission to work for the end of Alzheimer’s by increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, advocating for change at state and federal levels, and raising funds to provide hope for people affected.

There are Young Champions groups in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Fargo and St. Cloud.

Young Champions Executive Board
: Mackenzie Kelley
Secretary: Anne Rathman
Advocacy: Ryan Kiskis & Alex Monn
Education & Volunteering: Katie Radford & Mandy Schmidt 
Fundraising: Stephanie Gefroh & Randall Nelson
Marketing & Recruitment: Emily Nicoll & Kylie Swanson


How to Get Involved

Become a Member
Take the first step in joining the Young Champions by telling us about yourself and your interests. Membership is free. 
Sign up to become a Young Champion (fillable Word document; please return to

Advocate for Change
An important and simple first step to working for the end of Alzheimer’s is to become an advocate.
Sign up now

Attend a Young Champions Event
We host regular events to socialize and promote awareness of Alzheimer’s. See our list of upcoming events below and please plan on joining us at one!

'Like' Us on Facebook
We share up to date information about the Young Champions and Alzheimer's disease on our Facebook page. Make sure to 'like' us and encourage your friends to do the same.

Join RivALZ (former Blondes vs. Brunettes)
RivALZ is a volunteer-driven event that brings young professionals together to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The event is organized around a flag football game in which the two participating teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry. Anyone can get involved, no matter your level of ability, hair color or gender. Since RivALZ began in 2013, they have raised over $430,000 for the Alzheimer's Association! Check out the RivALZ website for more info.

If you are interested in more information, contact Stephanie Dix Campbell, Associate Director of Relationship Events:

By phone: 952.857.0545
By email:


Bridget Rissmann, public relations & social media manager:

By phone: 952.857.0553
By email:

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Upcoming Events

Executive Board and Committee Meeting
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Whole Foods Community Room, 222 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Executive Board and Committee Meetings are held the first Monday of each month.

Follow us on Facebook for more event information!

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Bean Bagz for Brainz
A bean bag tournament to help raise funds to end Alzheimer's! More info.

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Volunteer Activities

We have opportunities for you to volunteer at local memory care facilities with the residents. Scheduling is flexible. If you are interested, please contact Katie Radford,


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.