Youth Opportunities

  • Members of the Xavier, Tulane and Loyola University Red Cross Clubs gather for a leadership meeting

Become a Volunteer

Complete an Application
American Red Cross school clubs are youth service groups that help the Red Cross fulfill its humanitarian mission of preparing for, preventing and responding to emergencies. Working closely with our local chapter and a school adviser, club members participate in Red Cross service projects that help their schools, their communities and the world. The Southeast Louisiana Chapter believes youth have the potential to make a difference in huge ways. In our eyes, youth are a vital resource bringing energy, innovation and inspiration to the American Red Cross.

How to start a successful Red Cross Club:

Step 1. Complete the general volunteer application if you are 18 years or older. Complete the youth volunteer application if you are younger than 18.

Step 2. Get your school's approval.

Step 3. Please contact Lou Kennedy at (504) 620-3130 to start your club in Southeast Louisiana. For students interested in starting a club in another region, please visit to locate your nearest chapter for club guidance and approval.

Step 4. Recruit at freshman orientation days, club rush, volunteer fairs and other events on campus.

Step 5. Advertise. Create a club website or Facebook page, hang posters and pass out fliers advertising the first club meeting.

Step 6. Hold regular meetings and plan fun service activities (we'll help!) to keep members interested, active and involved.

We are proud to have Red Cross Clubs at the following local schools:

Loyola University
Southeast Louisiana University
Tulane University
Tulane University Graduate Students
Xavier University

Getting Involved with the American Red Cross at School

Club in a Box: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining a Red Cross School Club provides all the details you will need to operate your campus or high school club, including a sample Constitution, guidelines for training club officers, and more. Members of the National Youth Council who worked on this manual contribute lessons learned from their experiences.

American Red Cross Club Mission
Through hundreds of Red Cross clubs across the country, youth and young adult volunteers support the American Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Red Cross clubs are an extension of the local Red Cross providing students opportunities for training, leadership development and the ability to choose activities that address their community’s greatest needs. Red Cross Clubs empower students and faculty with Red Cross knowledge and life-saving skills to help prepare their schools and communities to respond to emergencies.

Service Projects
Each club is encouraged to perform at least two service projects during the year (one in the fall and one in the spring). During these projects, the youth will perform volunteer work on behalf of the American Red Cross. We highly encourage projects that are directly related to our many lines of service such as:
  • Disaster Readiness and Response
  • International Relief and Immunization
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Military Services
Clubs will be provided a menu of service opportunities and guidance from the chapter. Fundraising is also highly encouraged among the clubs to teach students about the importance of philanthropy. However, because the Red Cross Clubs are extensions of the American Red Cross, fundraising must be limited to supporting the American Red Cross and its mission.