Youth Services

  • Youth Red Cross service in disasters

Since the founding of the Junior Red Cross in 1917, youth and the American Red Cross have been partners. Today, the involvement of young people with the Red Cross is more important than ever. Our goal is to provide young people with meaningful opportunities for education, training, and volunteer/community service so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their lives. Across the country youth and young adults up to age 25 make up 40 percent of all Red Cross volunteers. In the Knoxville area, youth are a very important part of our work as well.

Education Programs
The American Red Cross has been teaching health and safety courses in the Knoxville area for more than eighty years. American Red Cross courses are not only educational and informative, but are also fun! Volunteers at schools, churches, and other community organizations teach these courses in the community. We hope you will take advantage of our resources and teach an American Red Cross course at your school, church, or community organization!
  • Basic Aid Training (B.A.T.) – Geared toward grades 4 – 5. Volunteers teach First Aid and what to do in an emergency, as well as how to prevent injuries and accidents.
  • Disaster Dudes – Geared toward grades 3 – 5 and Pre K – 2. Volunteers introduce children to disaster and the knowledge they need to prepare.
  • Emergency Test – Geared toward grades 6 – 12. Volunteers test students’ knowledge of emergency preparedness and accident prevention using an hour-long video.
  • First Aid for Children Today (F.A.C.T.) – Geared toward grades K – 3. Teaches children ways to help themselves and others be aware of dangers, prevent injuries and know how to respond when injuries do occur.
  • Longfellow's WHALE Tales – Geared toward grades K – 5. Volunteers teach a basic water safety program on how to stay safe in and around pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans and water parks.
  • Safe On My Own – Geared toward grades K – 5. Volunteers teach self-care safety and what to do in an emergency.
  • Scrubby Bear – Geared toward grades K – 5. Volunteers introduce children to the concept of germ and disease prevention through hand washing.

Special Programs for Schools and Teachers
The American Red Cross offers a variety of resources for local schools and teachers. Many schools in our area take advantage of our free in-service training on a variety of topics. Many PTAs and PTOs utilize our training and teaching materials to empower parents to provide special programs in the schools. Local teachers enjoy using our nationally developed standards based lesson plans and borrowing our manikins, videos, and posters. For more information on these programs or to become an instructor, call (865) 584-2999 or email

Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities

Special Events
Various special events require additional volunteers. Youth have been very active in Safety City, the Veterans Day Parade, and even served on the United Way Youth Allocations Committee. You never know what opportunities you may have with Special Events.

Youth Office Workers
On school holidays, kids can volunteer in our offices doing everything from clerical work such as copying, typing, and folding, to designing layouts, checking in manikins, setting up classrooms, washing disaster vehicles, and sorting bandages. There is always plenty to do and kids can come and learn about several career paths through working side-by-side with our staff.