Youth and Young Adult Programs

  • National Youth Council group photo

Red Cross Youth and Young Adults learn the spirit of volunteerism through exposure to the Mission and the Fundamental Principles of the American Red Cross. All across the United States, American Red Cross volunteers help save lives – providing assistance to disaster victims, facilitating emergency communications to military families, training communities in life-saving skills, and providing community disaster education.

By joining the American Red Cross, you become part of an international movement bringing these critical services to communities down the street, across the nation and around the world.

Volunteering is fun at all ages. Involvement as a Red Cross Youth can spark a lifelong commitment to serving our communities.

How can you join the American Red Cross? There are many different opportunities for youth involvement:

Start or join an American Red Cross Club

Form a Red Cross Club through school or other religious and cultural organizations and start helping out the community. Conduct service projects in the community while developing leadership, planning, and teamwork skills in the process. Develop club members as volunteers for the Red Cross, teaching CPR, assisting with blood drives, or responding to disasters.

Become an individual chapter volunteer

Not interested in a club? You can give back to the community by becoming trained in Red Cross services and joining individual or group projects on your own as well! Become qualified to teach Preparedness, CPR or First Aid. Become trained to help in shelters or providing aid during and after disasters. Raise money or recruit volunteers. Help out at critical blood drives. You can even help answer the phones. There's so much to do!

For more information on youth volunteerism or starting a Red Cross Club, send an e-mail or call (518) 694-5103 or (518) 792-6545, extension 103.

Start a Red Cross Club at Your School

Starting a club is a great way to:

  • Meet up with people who have common interests and like to help out.
  • Get involved and make a difference locally, nationally, and even internationally.
  • Get community service experience and boost your résumé.
  • Some examples of what Red Cross Clubs at schools help out with:

  • Blood Services
  • Fundraising
  • Disaster Services
  • Health and Safety Classes, including AED, CPR, First Aid, and Aquatic Safety (Lifegaurd, Swim Lessons, and Water Safety Instructor)
  • Youth Services
  • Click here for a PDF flyer you can use at your school to start a Red Cross Club.

    Red Cross Clubs