Young people have played a vital role in the Red Cross since 1917, when the Junior Red Cross was formed. At that time, members of the Junior Red Cross spent most of their time rolling bandages for Red Cross hospitals. Now, young people come to the Red Cross to learn first aid and CPR, to help teach others how to prepare for disasters and to help spread the word about community preparedness.

Explore this section to learn more about how you can get involved. If you are a youth leader, look around and see how you can encourage young people to make a difference and learn valuable life skills.