Red Cross Offers Summer Youth Leadership Conferences

PRINCETON, NJ, May 5, 2014 – The American Red Cross will be holding Youth Leadership Conferences this summer in Summit, Netcong, Montclair and Princeton. Each four-day conference runs Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is open to students entering grades 9 - 12. Student attendees will receive a certificate for 28 hours of community service.

“In addition to learning the lifesaving skills of CPR, the conferences offer students the opportunity to develop skills in effective leadership, communication, project planning and diversity awareness through a variety of activities during the week,” said Michelle Esposito, director of volunteer services with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region. 

Red Cross Youth Leadership Conferences will be offered at the following locations:  

July 7 - July 10

American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

July 14 - July 17

VFW Building, 45 Main Street, Netcong, NJ

July 28 - July 31

American Red Cross, 63 Park Street, Montclair, NJ

August 4 - August 7

American Red Cross, 707 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ

Participants will receive Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. Exploring Humanitarian Law engages students with hands-on activities and thought-provoking discussions as they explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime. The Be Red Cross Ready course teaches students how to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies. Exploring Cultural Diversity, lessons in Government Relations and Civic Responsibility and information about how to start a Red Cross Club, are also included at each four-day conference.

The cost of a conference is $150 and lunch and snacks are provided. Availability is limited and spaces fill up quickly. For more information or to register visit

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

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit and follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.


American Red Cross - North Jersey Region

Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)

Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)