Youth Programs

  • Two Red Cross youth volunteers comforting a woman in a shelter

Since the founding of the Junior Red Cross in 1917, youth and the Red Cross have been partners. Today, the involvement of young people with the Red Cross is more important than ever. The Red Cross currently engages over 169,000 youth and young adults with meaningful opportunities for education, training and volunteer/community service so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their lives.

Young professionals have no shortage of talent and energy to give to the Red Cross. Young people can provide relief to victims of disasters, organize fundraisers, mentor other high school and college volunteers, teach lifesaving training courses and serve on boards of directors. And in exchange, the Red Cross offers valuable networking and skill-building opportunities, opening doors to youth for leadership positions.

Volunteer Youth Opportunities

Disaster Response

Youth can be trained to become involved in many areas of Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, disaster preparation in the local community and disaster response through Red Cross disaster action teams and youth disaster corps.

Health & Safety Services

Youth can be trained in Red Cross babysitter training, First Aid, CPR, aquatics, and water safety classes. They can also be trained to serve as instructors, lifeguards, and peer educators.

International Services

Youth can assist other countries by assembling Red Cross school chests, raising awareness and funds for vaccination campaigns, and by learning about international humanitarian law and its implications worldwide.

Services to Armed Forces

Youth provide volunteer service to help thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by keeping them connected through messages of hope, emergencies or a death of a loved one. Throughout the year we help to assemble supplies for our military personnel over seas.

Community Service

Youth can participate in mission related community activities that include cleaning up streets, planting trees, and organizing food drives. Youth can also serve as mentors to peers and younger youth on substance abuse prevention, environmental awareness, violence prevention, and other major youth issues. Upon request, community service documentation for school and college credit can be issued once the community service hours are completed.

Leadership Development

Youth volunteers can also participate in the Red Cross Youth Council.