Youth Involvement Opportunities

Students throughout the Cincinnati and Ohio River Valley areas—middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students—can take their knowledge and leadership skills into their local communities and help advance the mission of the Red Cross through a series of awareness and preparedness efforts, such as:

  • School-based Red Cross Clubs
    Young people work with others from their school (both high school and college) to create education and fundraising projects in their communities. Guidance for starting a club and ideas for club activities can be found at
  • Red Cross Players
    For those who are dramatically inclined, the Red Cross has a travelling puppet show and live-action drama that uses theatrics to educate audiences in safety preparedness in a fun, humorous manner.
  • Youth Action Team
    Throughout the year, the Youth Action Team gathers to participate in different events that the Red Cross is involved in throughout the community. For instance, the YAT handed out water to participants in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, walked in the Reds Opening Day Parade and participated in community preparedness events.
  • Service Projects
    The American Red Cross travels throughout the community, educating the public on ways to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, including first aid emergencies and natural or manmade disasters. LDC graduates can take part in such service projects by participating in:
    Education literature drop | In conjunction with Red Cross personnel, identify one or more neighborhoods where emergency preparedness material would be helpful (areas susceptible to flooding or home fires, for instance). Divide into teams and canvas the area, delivering literature about critical steps they can take to prepare for emergencies to front doors.
    Educational booth | Reserve the Red Cross’s space and educational games—Disaster Kit Memory game, Safety Wheel game, Safety Fish game, the Two Ways Our game, etc.—to teach visitors about the importance of safety preparedness. Or, take a compression tool to an event and demonstrate how to perform chest compressions for someone whose heart has stopped beating.
    After-school preparedness program | Prepare and deliver activity-based preparedness programs to elementary school students in after-school programs. Established programs can be used or new ones can be created. Demonstrating how to save a life through chest compressions can be used.
    Halloween or Summer Safety Day | Help keep kids safe during the summer or Halloween by creating a two-hour Safety Day for elementary students. Red Cross personnel help plan and host the event. Summer content covers water safety, tornado safety, sunburn prevention and some first aid basics about caring for burns and bee stings. Halloween content covers costume safety, walking safety, safe treats, the choking rescue, fire safety and more.
    Citizen CPR | Students age 16 and older can be trained as leaders in Citizen CPR (hands only CPR). They can then go and train their peers.
    Babysitter training | Students age 16 and older can become leaders in babysitter safety. They can then train the next group of young people in how to be safe and responsible babysitters.
    International Humanitarian Law education | After attending a comprehensive training program on International Humanitarian Law, students can design and implement a peer education project. Selected projects from around the country are then chosen for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an IHL Project Showcase event.