As you know, doctors, nurses, and researchers, and are still fighting to keep victims of Covid-19 alive in the face of a national crisis. The pandemic is still affecting all of us in Illinois and especially those in the medical professions.

As our medical professionals support us, it is now our role to do all we can to support them. Illinois Youth and Government is launching Operation Thank the Heroes to thank the medical professionals working in every one of the 141 hospitals of our state, and we urgently need your help.


Every word of thanks can remind a medical professional how needed and appreciated they are in this challenging time. Our mission is to send thank you emails to every hospital in the state of Illinois. You can help us thank as many medical professionals as possible by doing three easy steps:

  1. Find a hospital in your area.  A list of websites may be accessed here:

  1. Use our template to draft a personal thank-you letter and email it to the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals working in your local hospital (hospital staff usually have email addresses available on the hospital’s website). When emailing your thank-you letter, we ask that you CC your Youth and Government advisor and ensure your letter is respectful, courteous, and appropriate before doing so. Please use your creativity to create the best letter possible; you do not need to follow the template exactly as it is shown. A thank-you letter template may be accessed here:

  1. After sending your email, please log the information in so that we can track where our thank yous have been sent.


On behalf of Illinois YMCA Youth and Government, thank you for helping us thank our medical professionals!

Stay safe and well ~
David Surzykiewicz
2021 Youth Governor