National Council of College Leaders

National Council of College Leaders (NCCL) works to increase awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis through youth-focused advocacy and fundraising. Youth leaders become advocates for patients through local and national campaigns. Council members also identify new fundraising opportunities on their campus and are responsible for meeting a minimum fundraising goal each year, while supporting and increasing support for existing programs. NCCL members will develop leadership skills and prepare for even larger roles as advocates for people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

To access the 2017 NCCL application, click here. Applications are now due on Oct. 14, 2016. Please carefully read qualifications and information below.


Through a variety of initiatives, the NCCL increases awareness via the following areas:

Advocacy: During the Foundation’s annual legislative Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., the NCCL will host a special empowerment panel for patients, caregivers and youth to learn how to be effective advocates.

Marketing and Communications: In an effort to increase awareness and reach to college-aged students, the NCCL will use on-line tools such as social media and the Campus Connection website to help connect patients to helpful resources offered by CCFA.

Education: Members of the NCCL will introduce their efforts on campus by hosting educational programs and student forums that aim to provide an introduction to inflammatory bowel diseases, told through the experiences of each council member, while connecting patients with other peers. The activity has been used in various formats, including live didactic presentations, webcasts, and theatrical performances.

Fundraising: Council members will lead efforts in raising funds to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Council members can participate in Team Challenge Campus, a local 5K program focused on raising mission critical funds while having fun and being physically active.                                                                             

Applicant Eligibility & Requirements

 At the time of application, the applicant must:

 1-    Be a Freshman or Sophomore in college

 2-    Be a patient with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

 3-    Demonstrate qualifications in the following areas

a.    Dedication to volunteerism (including with CCFA if applicable)

b.    Leadership experience

c.    Academic strength

4-    Demonstrate enthusiasm for advocacy and impacting the lives of other peers with IBD

Selected council members are expected to attend two annual meetings (selected locations across the country), participate in monthly update calls, become involved with a local CCFA chapter, and serve as a CCFA leader/liaison to other youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Application review process

Completed applications are due on Friday, October 14th, by 5 PM. All applications are reviewed by a review committee based on the demonstrated qualifications outlined above. Qualified candidates will then be scheduled for a phone interview, and final decisions are announced in mid-November. Please be advised that incomplete applications are not reviewed or accepted. Please ensure you submit a complete application, and use the application checklist as a reference.

Thanks to the support of Abbvie and Janssen, youth leaders serve as advocates for patients through local and national campaigns. The NCCL also creates new fundraising opportunities, while supporting and increasing support for existing programs. Members develop leadership skills and prepare for even larger roles as advocates for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

In addition, CCFA and its youth leadership also provides support for college students who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. When a student goes off to college, they are living on their own for the first time and will face many new challenges including new doctors, new teachers, new friends, as well as new food choices. At most campuses across the country, there is little support to help these students. As a result, CCFA created an online community to close this gap.

Meet our current NCCL members.