Millennials: Red Cross Is for You

Red Cross Is for You
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.


  • 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.

  • Red Cross Clubs: Put your talent, skills and passion to work by participating in one of hundreds of Red Cross Clubs. Through college clubs, high school clubs and clubs at the elementary- and middle-school levels, you will have scores of opportunities to serve your community, connect with the largest humanitarian network in the world and build life-long friendships. Find a Red Cross Club today. If there isn’t a Club in your school or community then click here to learn how to start a Red Cross Club.
  • 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.

  • 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.