Youth Programs

  • Oregon Trail Youth Services

Volunteers ages 13-17 are encouraged to become part of our Youth Program, which offers meaningful opportunities for education, training and community service.

We know that youth make a difference. They are a vital resource bringing energy, innovation and inspiration to the American Red Cross and our goal is to provide them with meaningful opportunities for education, training and volunteer service so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their lives.

If you are currently enrolled in school, we encourage you to start or join a Red Cross Club! Red Cross Clubs are youth service groups that help us to fulfill our humanitarian mission of preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies. Working closely with a local chapter and a school advisor, club members participate in Red Cross service projects that help their schools, their communities and the world.

Don’t see your school listed? Start a Red Cross Club at your school! Simply contact Jacleen Simmons to receive your student guide and we’ll work with you step-by-step.
Youth Learning
The Red Cross offers a variety of youth courses that give youth the safety training they need to respond to potential emergencies and make responsible choices. Many Red Cross youth serve on our Youth Council and are active CPR and First Aid trainers to help assist the needs of training for the Cascades Region.
Youth Leadership

The American Red Cross youth leadership program began in Southwest Washington in 2000 with one high school club. Since then, the program has grown and is now in the Portland Metro area representing 22 area high schools in the Cascades Region. Youth volunteers are involved in a variety of community leadership and service learning activities which touch every line of service of the American Red Cross:

  • Blood Services: High school blood drives are the largest individual blood drives! All presenting high schools on the council are asked to host at least one blood drive with the American Red Cross, and many hold more. All of these drives have grown to be some of the largest in the region!
  • Disaster Services: The Youth Council not only raises thousands of dollars each year to help those affected by natural and man-made disasters, They and even raise awareness about disaster preparedness at Red Cross sponsored events.
  • Health & Safety Services: Youth teach Basic Aid Training to elementary school students, and once 16 years old, they can even teach CPR and First Aid to adults! The youth on this council actively teach good awareness skills to their local high school clubs and raise awareness towards Red Cross Readiness.
  • International Services: Youth have raised thousands of dollars for the Measles Initiative each year, in addition to thousands of dollars for victims of major international disasters.
  • Service to the Armed Forces: Youth support both veterans and active military personnel through events such as the Veteran's Day Parade and by taking steps as simple as thanking local military recruiters. Yearly, the council bakes hundreds of cookies to be sent to both veterans and active military personnel as thanks.
  • If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering as a Youth Leadership Council member, or starting a Red Cross club at your school, contact