Youth and Young Adults

  • Youth and Young Adults

Register on Volunteer Connection

All volunteers, interns, and Red Cross Club members 13 and older will need to register on Volunteer Connection, the American Red Cross’ online Volunteer Management tool. Please register on Volunteer Connection and join the largest humanitarian network in the world!

Red Cross Clubs

Central New York - Red Cross Clubs

Red Cross Clubs are community or school-based service clubs that support the American Red Cross mission. Red Cross Clubs offer students or group members many opportunities to have new and diverse experiences, serve their communities, and gain leadership experience. Most importantly, clubs are encouraged to creatively and actively help meet the needs of their communities by implementing activities and programs that support fundraising for the Red Cross and its core services: Blood Services, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Service To Armed Forces, Health and Safety Services, and International Services.

Creative and fun activities are highlighted in step-by-step Activity Guides for College Students or Activity Guides for High School Students. Of course, your Club is always free to invent new ways of expressing the Red Cross mission by creating a unique Activity Guide of your own! If your unique activity was a big hit and you want to share it, pass it on to other clubs and to Julie Mucilli, Volunteer Specialist.

To join an existing club, contact the president of the club at your school. To start a Red Cross Club, contact Rebecca Nicosia at or (315) 234-2217. To start your own Red Cross Club, check out the requirements here.

This is a list of all active American Red Cross clubs in the Western and Central New York Chapter. If your school doesn’t already have a club, you can start one!

    High Schools, Colleges and Universities:

  • C.W. Baker High Sschool
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School
  • Syracuse University
  • Wells College

Internship Opportunities

Central New York - Internships
Internships with the Western and Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross offer a rich experience for students seeking hands-on, interactive learning in our lines of service, non-profit administration, program development, and community outreach.

The following internships are offered year-round in the Chapter:
  • Communications
  • Community Disaster Education
  • Grant & Development Support
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Volunteer Management
Please register on Volunteer Connection, or contact Rebecca Nicosia at or 315-234-2217 for more information.

Short-term Volunteer Opportunities

Central New York - Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Young community members, student groups and youth after-school programs are also invited to engage in short-term Red Cross volunteer opportunities. Individuals and groups can partner with a local Chapter to do service projects such as a volunteer thank-a-thon, or they can implement one of the many creative and engaging activities designed by other youth in the Red Cross centered on Fundraising, Disaster Preparedness or Blood Services. You can refer to the following Activity Guides for College Students or Activity Guides for High School Students for step-by-step instructions to get started.

Short-term volunteer opportunities are great ways to become acquainted with the American Red Cross and contribute to the mission without having to make a long-term commitment. If you are looking for more ideas, you can also refer to the Menu of Youth Volunteer Opportunities. For more information, contact Rebecca Nicosia at or (315) 234-2217.