The American Red Cross has numerous opportunities for high school and college students to give or fundraise, to get involved and to support a career or education.
If you’re in high school or college, it might seem like you have no time left after school, friends, work and family, but you might be surprised to find opportunities with the American Red Cross fit in with what you’re already doing or trying to do.
For instance, are you looking for service hours for your Greek organization, or some extra money for tuition? Join a Red Cross Club or apply for a scholarship. Don’t have money to donate, but want to help out somehow? Give blood or donate your time for disaster responses.
Read on to discover specific opportunities to get involved with the Red Cross and be part of the world’s largest humanitarian organization.
GIVING AND FUNDRAISING
Biomedical Services: Young adults, ages 17 and older (or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law) can donate blood. You can also help with blood drives by recruiting donors, arranging appointments, acting as escorts, and serving refreshments.
Fundraising: The American Red Cross depends on public support to help people in need. Raise money to provide soap and toothbrushes for homeless vets, teddy bears for children whose homes have been lost to a disaster, vaccinations to rid the world of measles, and more.
Activity Guides: The Red Cross has developed fun activity guides for youth to use to help spread the word about the Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Activity guides can be used by Red Cross Clubs, youth groups, or classes who want to organize around Red Cross mission-related activities.
Service to the Armed Forces: Provide volunteer services to service members, veterans and their families in military and veterans hospitals; support special programs like Holiday Mail for Heroes; become youth leaders and service providers on military installations.
Disaster Response: Help your local community when a disaster strikes – everything ranging from a home fire to a hurricane can happen and the Red Cross relies on its volunteers to help those in need by handing out food, finding them a place to stay and simply making people feel comfortable. Receive training in many areas of Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, preparation and response through Red Cross disaster action teams.
CAREER AND EDUCATION
Leadership Development: Serve as a member of a local youth council or board. Attend a leadership development camp. Participate in a regional or national-level advisory or policymaking group, including the National Youth Council or National Young Professionals Council that promote youth and young adult involvement throughout the Red Cross.
Health and Safety Services: Take Red Cross babysitter training, first aid, CPR, aquatics, and water safety classes. You can also receive training to serve as an instructor, lifeguard and peer educator.
International Services: Young people learn about and connect to other parts of the world by raising funds to vaccinate villages against measles and by learning about international humanitarian law and its implications worldwide.
Scholarships: If you’re enrolled in an accredited United States nursing school or high school senior who has volunteered with the Red Cross for two years, scholarships are available to help support your training and education.
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Learn a lifesaving skill from the Red Cross this year.
Emergency is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Users can schedule appointments, track total donations, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The Blood Donor App is a great new way to help meet the constant need for blood.
Help your child become a confident swimmer. The American Red Cross Swim app puts the 100 year old Learn to Swim program in the palm of your hand. Brush up on your water safety knowledge, play parent child games together and track your child’s progress in the class.
Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
Be ready for wildfires with the Wildfire App by the American Red Cross. Get the latest state-by-state wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.
Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
The Red Cross Shelter Finder is available in the iTunes store and works on iOS devices. The Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.