The American Red Cross works closely with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide emergency preparedness education to young people to build resilience in communities across the country and abroad. Our age-appropriate preparedness materials include engaging activities and easy action steps that youth will find both fun and effective.
Prepare with Pedro
Prepare with Pedro
Prepare with Pedro is a 30- to 45-minute preparedness education program for grades K-2 that teaches students how to BE PREPARED and TAKE ACTION for either home fires or a local hazard. Prepare with Pedro compliments The Pillowcase Project in scope and mission, by reading a story featuring a penguin named Pedro.
Students learn a coping skill and receive a storybook to share what they have learned at home
Perfect for schools and after-school programs
Available nationwide while supplies last
The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3-5 that teaches students about personal and family preparedness and safety skills, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Red Cross volunteers lead students through a “Learn, Practice, Share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness and survival skills. Upon completion, students receive a sturdy pillowcase in which to build their personal emergency supplies kit.
Available in 40- and 60-minute formats
Perfect for schools, after-school programs, Girl and Boy Scout troop meetings, and more
Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community
Available across the nation while supplies last
Free Monster Guard App and Lesson Plans
Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the American Red Cross that's designed specifically for kids. Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids (aged 7-11) about how to prepare for real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game. This free app is available to download on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.
Let Monster Guard help you teach how to prepare for emergencies with 10 hazard-specific lesson plans that accompany the mobile app. These lesson plans include activities for grades 1-3 and grades 3-5.
Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book
Prepare with Pedro Activity Book
This activity book, created in collaboration with FEMA, guides children through major local hazards they may encounter and basic preparedness actions they can take to BE PREPARED and TAKE ACTION.
Available in English and Spanish.
Pedro's Fire Safety Challenge
For Alexa-enabled Devices
Play Pedro’s Fire Safety Challenge Skill. Pedro’s Fire Challenge is a fun and engaging interactive Alexa skill created by the Red Cross for children ages 4-8 years old that teaches age-appropriate skills for handling a home fire emergency and other stressful situations. Pedro the penguin guides children through a set of activities on topics such as home fire safety, coping skills, and good old-fashioned penguin fun! At the end of the challenge, children earn a fire safety badge in the Alexa app.
Device Compatibility: This experience can be enabled on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo and Echo Show.
Or say “Alexa, enable Pedro's Fire Challenge by American Red Cross”
Other Red Cross Youth Resources
Become a Preparedness Champion
Become a Preparedness Champion by learning how to stay safe and healthy with the American Red Cross! Through this online learning resource, you'll learn about the American Red Cross, proper hand washing techniques, coping skills and home fire safety. Perfect for grades 3-5!
Building Resilience in Children Through Coping Skills
After a stressful situation, such as an emergency or disaster, children may act differently as they experience new emotions they are unsure how to handle. Increasing resilience is particularly important for children and can be further developed through learned coping skills.
25% of Red Cross volunteers are age 24 or younger. Being young is no barrier to being able to help people in need, in your community and around the world! Visit redcrossyouth.org to learn more about our many youth programs.