Youth Program

  • Youth Red Cross service in disaster

Nationally, the American Red Cross has pulled together to combine all resources into a united American Red Cross. Our hope is to unify Virginia’s Red Cross Youth Program into one functioning organization. By doing so, the details of each effort and event can be more productive and impactful. Our focus with the youth and young adult clubs is a top priority and we are very optimistic about our efforts and successes in this near future!

It is our goal to take some pressures off of the individual youth groups and to give them a more structured system to follow. By utilizing all resources, we hope to promote and educate every demographic of student and community.

The Youth and Young Adult Program will include an organized agenda of monthly projects, of which the youth groups can select their service opportunity.

We thank you again, for all your hard work and support, nothing the American Red Cross accomplishes could be completed without the help of volunteers such as yourself!

K-12 Red Cross Clubs

American Red Cross Clubs are an efficient way to educate the community, while promoting leadership skills to the future generations. Red Cross Clubs work together on four monthly projects provided by the American Red Cross. These projects fall under the categories of Community Disaster Education, Service to Armed Forces, Community Outreach and Youth Mentorship/ Fundraising. In an attempt to maximize productivity and increase awareness, we encourage all youth who would like to volunteer with the American Red Cross, work with their peers in the projects.

For more information contact, Betty Whittaker or by phone at 757-446-7745.

Dowload our Youth Flyer: YOUTH FLYER PDF

College and University Red Cross Student Organizations

We at the American Red Cross understand that the capabilities of College and University students does not allow them to participate in full on community efforts, such as Disaster Assessment Teams, and National Deployments. That is why the Eastern Viginia Region promotes Campus Chapters for students to volunteer and spread the Mission of the American Red Cross. As a volunteer based organization, it is important for us to utilize all resources in order to promote community resiliency and individual preparedness.

As members of their Campus Chapter, students will be able to take part in a number of volunteer opportunities. Campus Chapters will be divided into five basic teams.

1. Community Disaster Education

2. Service to Armed Forces

3. Disaster Assessment

4. Health and Safety

5. Blood Services/ Fundraising

The American Red Cross is not a single service organization. It takes the commitment of individuals within each of these categories to successfully promote our mission. While not every function may interest every member, there is opportunity for everyone. Whether it be giving CPR lessons to students of dorms, keeping up with social media and video footage, or working with your campus to ensure proper emergency planning and resiliency plans, the American Red Cross Campus Chapters will give you tools that will benefit you throughout life.

The Pillowcase Project

The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a free interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family. The curriculum meets many of the Common Core State Standards for grades three to five. For more information about The Pillowcase Project and how your school, after-school program or community group can participate, contact: Paula Poston