About Teen of Impact

Why Get Involved with Teen of Impact?

Teen of Impact brings the work of the American Heart Association to life in communities across the country. Through this signature 9-week campaign, teens are inspired to take action for their own hearts and the hearts of the people who mean the world to them. 

For too long, cardiovascular disease has been thought to only effect the older generations.  The reality is that heart disease and stroke can affect anyone at any age. 

Together, Teen of Impact nominees reach thousands of people, inspiring their communities to take charge of their health. Each nominee gets the chance to make a direct impact on their community. They do things like spreading the word about CPR, promoting mental well-being, and even working on policies that can save lives.

With the help of the American Heart Association, nominees and their squads come up with custom plans to reach as many people as possible and create a real impact. The campaign kicks off nationwide on the first Friday in February, AKA National Wear Red Day®, causing a wave of change that raises awareness and saves lives.

Campaign Timeline

Campaign Kick Off & National Wear Red Day®
The 2025 Teen of Impact campaign, a 9-week competition, launches in communities across the country on National Wear Red Day, February 7th.
Campaign Midpoint
Celebrate your collective impact and ignite your team’s passion to make the greatest impact possible.
Campaign Culmination 
This 9-week national competition comes to a close for all nominees and teams across the country on April 10th.
Do you know someone who is ready to make an impact?
“The greatest thing I’ve gained from this campaign is a better understanding of myself, and through that the courage to go out into the world and make a difference. I want to help contribute to further advancements in the field of cardiac care so that I don’t have to endure as many open-heart surgeries in my future. I want to do this for all the survivors of congenital heart defects.”
Mili Gentzkow
2024 National Teen of Impact Nominee, Puget Sound
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For over 100 years, we've been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.
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