Red Cross Summer Youth Volunteer Program Kicks Off

Red Cross Summer Youth Volunteer Program Kicks Off.

Left to right: Lenise McFarland, individual volunteer; Aleeya Alli from John Bowne High; Dahlia Lieberman, individual volunteer; Dahlia Abbas, from Brooklyn Technical High; and Sezlyn Petersen from Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts.

We are excited to have Red Cross high school volunteers working in Emergency Services.

Six American Red Cross Youth Club members from New York City met at Greater New York regional headquarters in Manhattan July 2 to begin a new, eight-week summer program in Emergency Services.

“We are excited to have Red Cross high school volunteers working in Emergency Services and getting a ‘behind the scenes’ look at Red Cross disaster response,” said Amanda Crabbe, Greater New York volunteer and youth services associate. “We hope the program will be mutually beneficial, and plan to grow it in the years to come."

Between July 8 and Aug. 30, the students will work in groups of four, and every two weeks they will rotate between four Red Cross departments—Mass Care and Logistics, Staffing and Training, Client Casework and the Emergency Communications Center.

Their projects will include preparing training materials, conducting data entry, organizing materials for volunteer deployments, cleaning emergency response vehicles and answering calls/directing inquiries made to the Emergency Communications Center.

"I am so excited to be a part of the American Red Cross,” said youth club member Aleeya Alli, who attends John Bowne high school. “With this opportunity I'll be able to see how it all works.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossny.