Youth and Young Adult Opportunities

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Join or Start a Red Cross Club

As part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, Red Cross Clubs give you a way to put your talent, skills and passion to work for a greater purpose. Students will work closely with local Red Cross chapters, engaging in projects that address some of our country’s and world’s greatest needs including preparing your community for disasters and hosting life saving blood drives.

How you can help make a difference:

  • Join your school’s Red Cross Club to participate or lead a Red Cross service project.
  • If there is no club at your school or community organization, contact us at to start one! Clubs may be established at the following: middle school, high school, college, and community organizations.
  • Age restrictions: For those ages 12 years of age and up

    Duration: All year-round

    The American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region currently supports Red Cross Clubs at:


    • Benedictine University
    • Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
    • Loyola University Chicago
    • Northwestern University
    • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
    • University of Chicago

      High Schools

    • Clemente High School
    • College Prep School of America
    • Edwin G. Foreman High School
    • Joliet Catholic Academy High School
    • Lake Forest High School
    • Lincoln Park High School
    • Marian Central Catholic High School
    • Morgan Park Academy
    • Naperville North High School
    • Neuqua Valley High School
    • Northside College Prep High School
    • University of Chicago Lab Schools


    • Jay Stream Middle School

      Community Organizations

    • Robbins Community Center

    Team Firestopper

    Our Red Cross disaster relief teams respond to home fires more than any other disaster in America each year, helping disaster victims recover after home fires every single day. There are simple steps that everyone can take to protect their home and family from fire. Team Firestopper offers this information through a volunteer-led program that provides education and hands-on community fire preparedness activities in communities disproportionately affected by fires.

    How you can help make a difference:

  • Grab a group of your friends, family, classmates, club buddies, or whomever and help us spread fire safety information in neighborhoods through canvassing events!
  • If speaking is your thing, help lead a presentation at fire safety fairs.
  • Age restrictions: For those ages 18 years and up (without a chaperone); 14 years and up, with an adult chaperone

    Duration: August - April

    Lifesaving Blood

    Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare. Many lifesaving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply.

    How you can help make a difference:

  • Host a blood drive at your school or community organization!
  • Donate blood. To find the closest blood drive in your area, visit: Make a Donation
  • Age restrictions:

  • To host a blood drive, 14 years and up.
  • To donate blood: for those ages 16 years and up with parental permission.
  • Duration: All year-round

    Measles & Rubella Initiative

    The Measles & Rubella Initiative is one of the world’s most successful partnerships in global health. Led by the American Red Cross - with partners including the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) – the initiative helps to control the spread of measles and reduce deaths in developing countries around the world. With less than $1, you can vaccinate one child and support this effort. With help from your friends, classmates or coworkers, you can vaccinate an entire village! Learn more at

    How you can help make a difference:

  • Hold an event or campaign at your school/organization to raise awareness and funds for the initiative.
  • Sell Red Cross Measles pins (at no cost to you) to fundraise and make a difference halfway around the world!
  • Age restrictions: For those ages 10 years and up

    Duration: All year-round

    Holiday Mail for Heroes

    Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

    The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

    How you can help make a difference:

  • Have a card-making party at your school or organization!
  • Age restrictions: For all ages

    Duration: September - December

    Jaime Esparza Youth Scholarship

    Jaime Esparza Youth Scholarship is an annual scholarship geared towards students who volunteered with the American Red Cross within the 13 counties of the Greater Chicago Region. A $1,000 scholarship is presented to two outstanding Red Cross youth volunteers to help them pursue their educational and career goals.

    Age restrictions: For those 16-25 years of age

    (Must be matriculating high school seniors, current undergraduate, or post-graduate student in good standing).

    Duration: Spring (Applications accepted mid-February through end of April)