Red Cross Clubs provide after-school opportunities that empower students with life-saving skills and knowledge, enabling them to educate their peers and experience contributing to their schools and communities.
This program began in September 2003 at ten high schools in the School District of Philadelphia, aiming to galvanize a core group of 10 to 15 students per school to become leaders, instructors and resources in their schools and communities.
Through meetings generally after-school, club members learn Red Cross trainings, including HIV prevention, Disaster Preparedness, First Aid and CPR, and Humanitarian Law.
With support from Red Cross staff and Teacher Sponsors, members are encouraged to develop and share their knowledge and skills with peers, other youth, family, and community members through a variety of service learning activities, including “Red Cross Days”, service projects, and other events during the school year and summer.
The Red Cross Clubs also assist youth with developing negotiation skills, meeting service-learning requirements, increasing awareness of post-secondary education options, and exploring career opportunities.
Red Cross Club members are also provided with scholarship and internship opportunities where they can gain critical life skills.
To set up a Red Cross Club at your school or for more information about Red Cross Clubs in the Philadelphia area, please call (215) 299-4890 or (215) 299-4026.