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Spring season of Red Cross youth program launches

01/04/13 Spring season of Red Cross youth program launches
This program helped me realize how challenging it can be when you graduate from university and you are living on your own.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Friday, January 4, 2013—The Red Cross is preparing to launch the spring season of its Next Generation Leaders Program in February! Applications for participation in the Spring 2013 session, which begins on February 6, are being accepted through February 25. Eligible students in grades 9-12 from across Monroe County are invited to submit applications.

“This program helped me realize how challenging it can be when you graduate from university and you are living on your own,” said Cheyanne Jeffrey, graduate of the 2011-2012 program. “The topics we discussed helped me become more sociable and helped me to improve my public speaking and interpersonal skills. Though I still become nervous at times, I’m not as afraid to speak in front of an audience anymore.”

The Next Generation Leaders Program is a two-pronged program that focuses on leadership development and service learning through Red Cross clubs. Topics in the leadership development curriculum include career development, financial literacy, and conflict resolution. Service learning objectives could include organizing blood drives, teaching Citizen CPR, or fundraising for disaster relief.

Some of the many program benefits include building personal confidence, developing college and career skills, teaching resume-building, and providing networking opportunities. The program also counts toward community service hours that are required for graduation.

Eligibility for the program is based on a number of factors, including grade-point average, attendance, disciplinary history, and leadership skills. For more information or to apply to the program, visit http://www.redcross.org/ny/rochester/programs-and-services/youth-leadership or call Jennifer Taylor at 585-241-4261 or, for Spanish-speaking individuals, Liz Cinquino at 585-241-4484.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.