Mobilizing the Power of Youth

  • Two Red Cross youth volunteers comforting a woman in a shelter

Join Us

You’ve got friends, school, work, family, and a bunch of other responsibilities. So why spend your valuable free time volunteering with the Red Cross?

When you’re a Red Cross volunteer you’re part of the world’s largest humanitarian organization. You can experience the personal and professional benefits of channeling your energy to help improve the lives of people in your community and around the world. We have multiple volunteer opportunities across the U.S. to engage a new generation of young humanitarians.

There are many areas in which you can lend your time and skills to the Red Cross.

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.

These activity guides will help you lead Red Cross activities. No matter what activity you choose, get in touch with your local Red Cross unit. The Red Cross can provide you with helpful resources and guidelines to make your activity a success!

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.

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.

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 simple making people fee comfortable. Receive training in many areas of Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, preparation, and response through Red Cross disaster action teams.

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.


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.