In celebration of Global Youth Service Day on April 27, 70 Red Cross youth and youth advisors from across the Los Angeles Region were engaged in leadership training and completed five simultaneous super service projects. But, it wasn’t all study and learn. The kids also made time to create a video salute to the troops and a CPR song and dance video.
Global Youth Service Day was hosted at the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter. There, youth volunteers spent the morning participating in the Connect Tour workshop hosted by the American Red Cross National Youth Council. LA Region council members, Jeffrey Su and Siena Oberman, engaged participants in brainstorming and creating new service projects focused on Preparedness, Fundraising, and Blood Services.
In the afternoon, youth volunteers split into five service project groups each supporting a line of Red Cross service. Among the projects included youth canvassing the streets of Glendale with Buddy the Blood Drop mascot promoting upcoming blood drives. Participants also took part in a Disaster Action Team scavenger hunt, and learned what Red Cross responders do to aid families after a home fire.
Back at the chapter, youth volunteers learned about International Humanitarian Law and participated in a Raid Cross humanitarian aid role-playing simulation. Another group of youth leaders learned CPR choreography and created a CPR music video on saving lives in emergency situations.
“Global Youth Service Day is an opportunity for youth volunteers to celebrate all the ways they can support the mission of the American Red Cross,” said Bee Kong, Director of Youth & Young Adult Services for the Red Cross LA Region. “It brings youth together from across the region in solidarity to demonstrate that One Red Cross can make a difference.”
During the day, participants also learned about the Red Cross role in serving the U.S. Armed Forces (SAF) and their families and made thank-you cards for soldiers abroad and veterans back home. “Doing projects to help our soldiers abroad has motivated me to do more like our video to salute them for their service,” said Jasmine Salamat, a youth leader at El Camino Real High School, “It makes me feel really proud to be a youth leader.”