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  • Red Cross high school volunteers

Make a Difference - In Your Life and the Lives of Others

Working closely with friends, having fun and learning new things about yourself, your peers, community and the world can all happen in a Red Cross high school club.

You can acquire new skills in leadership, get engaged in grassroots service, and lend a helping hand to those in need. As part of the high school club working with the local Red Cross chapter, you can become a lifeguard, learn how to perform CPR or become a trained instructor who teaches others. You may organize a blood drive, help U.S. military members, help to eradicate measles and much more. This is a club for students committed to making their school, their community and the world a better place. Your acquired skills build a solid foundation of personal tools which are important to succeeding in college and any number of future careers. Take the first step in making a difference in your life and the lives of others by starting a Red Cross high school club!

Step 1. Recruit a Few "Start-Up" People

Recruit 3-6 people to help you get the club up and running. If you have too many people involved during this stage, important decisions will take more time.

Step 2. Find a Teacher Sponsor

Find a sponsor, your ideal candidate is likely to be a member of the faculty/staff who has:
  • A strong commitment to working with youth and is well respected among the students.
  • Experience in managing young volunteers.
  • Familiarity with the Red Cross or training certificates from Red Cross.

Step 3. Get Approval from Your Local Red Cross Chapter*

  • Set up a meeting with the local Red Cross chapter employee responsible for volunteers (or young volunteers).
  • Ask what requirements the local chapter has for starting a Red Cross club.
  • Get someone from the chapter to be your primary contact.
  • Seek support from the local chapter’s board of directors.
  • * Ask the local Red Cross chapter for help when deciding initial areas of involvement.

Step 4. Get Approval from Your School

Find out what requirements your high school has for starting a club. This is especially important if you want to receive school funding or resources such as meeting rooms and permission to hold your events on campus. Put together a presentation that articulates the benefits of having a Red Cross Club in your school. Your school may also require you to have:
  • A club constitution
  • Club leadership positions
  • A club sponsor

Step 5. Register Your Club

Register your Red Cross Club on Volunteer Connection.

Some effective ways to recruit new members:

  • Advertise on your social media networks
  • Set up a booth at your school’s club week
  • Network with other clubs
  • Reach out to your personal connections
  • Post fliers in busy parts of the school, such as the cafeteria
  • Place an ad in your school’s newspaper/radio station/TV station

Step 6. Hold the First Club Meeting

  • Invite your primary contact from the Red Cross chapter to join in the meeting to answer questions and provide support and guidance in setting up the action plan for the club.
  • Find out what interests the members, brainstorm ideas.
  • Collect contact info for all your members, so that you can publicize the next meeting.
  • Prepare for elections: inform members about available positions and request applications.
  • Announce when and where the next meeting will be held.
  • Hand out the forms members are required to fill out:
  • Volunteer application and contact information

    Parental consent if under 18

    Code of conduct

Step 7. Keep in Touch with the Red Cross Chapter

The club and the teacher sponsor should make sure that they keep in touch with the Red Cross chapter and especially the primary contact they had when starting the club. Keeping in touch will ensure a better working relationship and more support in the future.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please email us at YouthInvolvement@redcross.org.