Michelle Santos’s involvement with the American Red Cross began when she joined the American Red Cross Club at her college, University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was a member of the Executive Board, holding the position of Events Coordinator. For the summer of 2014, she applied for an internship with the Chesapeake Region of the Red Cross.
During her internship, she worked in the office of Volunteers. As one of her projects, she created a WHALE Tales presentation for a youth military camp for children whose parents served for the National Guard. The National Guard in Baltimore holds a camp every summer with youth ages 7-12 and invites guest speakers to present on various topics.
“I was able to educate young kids about water and aquatic safety during the summer which is an important topic to cover. It allowed me… to educate them on an issue in which I’m passionate about.”
Santos was a part of the Leader Led program, which promotes and increases youth awareness of the safe behavior in the areas of Water Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Health and Safety. The Red Cross uses high school and college Red Cross Club members to teach elementary and middle school age youth within the region.
“This is a huge step for the youth program as this is the first time we are partnering with an outside organization to reach youth and it is the firs time we are presenting leader led programs to the public,” said Hannah Gibson, Regional Youth Specialist for the Chesapeake Region.
The Red Cross provides “a great opportunity to get involved, give back to the community, ore even enroll in a class or course about awareness and safety,” said Santos. “I would encourage friends and family who have younger children to take advantage of what the Red Cross has to offer, especially the WHALE Tales presentation offered for water safety in the summer. It is a great way to participate, educate, spread awareness or volunteer toward a good cause for a better and safer community”
To host a Leader Led course or to learn more about Red Cross Clubs, call 410-642-2030 or visit our volunteer page at http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer.