Eleven volunteers from American Red Cross partner Goldman Sachs came to Greater NY Red Cross regional headquarters in Manhattan on June 5, 2014, to mentor students from 10 Red Cross High School and College Clubs from around the region.
The Greater New York Region boasts more than 60 Red Cross Clubs at the high school, college and middle school levels.
The mentors used their professional knowledge to guide the students in thinking about mission statements, objectives and goals, targets and succession plans for each of their clubs. At day’s end, each club pitched its plan in the “Goldman Sachs Elevator Pitch Competition.”
The Wheatley School from Old Westbury, Long Island took first place, Manhattan’s Columbia University came in second and Deer Park, Long Island, was third.
Youth involvement is vital to the Red Cross mission of humanitarian service. “The goal is not to have young people think of the Red Cross as their grandparents’ charity but as still relevant in their day-to-day lives,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Red Cross Greater New York Region.
The mentors were touched by the students’ passion and enthusiasm. “Their energy is contagious,” said Carly Mattson, a vice president at Goldman Sachs. “And the passion they have for the communities they serve and the Red Cross and its initiatives is pretty fantastic.”
The Red Cross Club members also expressed their appreciation for their mentors. Ellie Chen and Christina Mille, sophomores from The Wheatley School, said they received great advice from their Goldman mentor, Tina Sun. They now can make a better pitch to school officials about (1) why The Wheatley School should continue to maintain a Red Cross Club, and (2) how to recruit more students to the club.
Recent St. Joseph’s college graduate and former Red Cross Club president, Courtney Crespo, said St. Joseph’s participation in the mentorship event “will definitely ease the transition between [presidencies].”
The Clubs were from Deer Park High School, WT Clarke High School, The Wheatley School, and St. Joseph's College (Long Island); Ossining and Scarsdale High Schools (Westchester County); Horace Mann High School (The Bronx); Richmond Hill High School (Queens); and Hunter College High School and Columbia University (Manhattan).
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/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.