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.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com