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Youth Service Day -- Preparedness Training for Red Cross Youth

Red Cross Los Angeles Youth Service Day
Each of the five missions of the Red Cross was represented in the training sessions.

A Day of Shared Expertise as the Red Cross Hosts Global Youth Service Day Trainings

Over 50 young volunteers representing Youth Corps groups and Red Cross Clubs from colleges and high schools across the Los Angeles Region, joined about 20 specialists for a day of preparedness training at the West Los Angeles Headquarters of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region on Saturday, April 12.

Youth from South Bay, Long Beach/Rio Hondo, West LA, Glendale, Pasadena, Arcadia, Claremont-Pomona, Santa Clarita, West Valley, and Antelope Valley were represented at this event.

The Youth Corps joined a 13-person team from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Strike Team for the event, featured an exciting outdoor learning hazmat suits demonstrations, chemical procedures and proper decontamination exercises.

Everyone learned water purification techniques and they all received goodie bags from the Health Department.

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Each of the five missions of the Red Cross was represented:

  • Blood Services: Youth volunteers tweeted “thank yous” to blood donors and received instruction about the process of securing our nation’s blood supply.
  • International Services: Young filmmakers participated in making a video about child soldiers that will be entered into a national contest.
  • Health & Safety: Thirteen young volunteers participated in a hands-only CPR/first aid booth on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, distributing flyers and rallying potential volunteers.
  • Service to the Armed Forces: Volunteers served 20 vets at an ice cream social. The youth volunteers chatted with the vets in the memory care unit at the VA Hospital and helped the vets play games of bingo. The volunteers also gave each vet a handmade greeting card to thank them for their service. The volunteers refurbished the patio furniture (sanded, re-stained, etc.) that is used at the VA Hospital for the residents there.
  • Disaster Response: An audience of about 200 people enjoyed the work of volunteers who participated in a Prepare Kids puppet show.