The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Leadership Development Camp (LDC) is an annual youth camp that gathers more than a hundred delegates in the San Bernardino mountains for a week each August. Summer of 2019 marked the 71st anniversary of the Leadership Development Camp, demonstrating the firm and lasting commitment of the Red Cross to train and empower future humanitarian leaders in communities around Los Angeles. This year, in light of the current circumstances, LDVC 2021 will be conducted completely online. Please note that this year's conference programming may differ from our in-person camp.
For five days, high school and college students build confidence and cultivate core leadership skills such as teamwork, public speaking, and diversity/cultural understanding. These skills can be applied on school campuses and later in life.
Throughout the week, Red Cross youth volunteers and staff members create sessions and activities that reinforce delegates’ individual and team leadership skills. The youth come back from the confernece as stronger individuals. Delegates form friendships that can last a lifetime, and moreover, they will become leaders who make a difference in their schools and communities.
2021 conference will be August 2 - 6. Applications for LDVC 2021 will be available until July 23.
I don’t think I’ve ever met so many people who were so loving, encouraging, and just willing to open their hearts to each other.
LDVC programs focus on actively teaching valuable skills for delegates to use in their educational and professional careers. The programs, which are updated each year in regards to contemporary issues and trends, are designed and implemented by alumni and students from across the LA Region.
LDVC delegates learn fundraising, marketing, and time management/planning skills. Core leadership skills are a focus in an active environment – sessions and activities are about doing. There are no lectures! That’s an LDVC standard.
Expect to expand your world by sharing experiences with youth from all over Los Angeles. Be prepared to open your mind and learn something new about yourself and about what’s going on in the world. Discover what you can do to make a positive impact in your life and in your community.
Continuous Youth Leadership Model
What sets LDVC apart from other youth camps is that it is completely planned and staffed by high school and college youth. Past delegates are invited to apply and return as staffers, and past staffers are invited to apply to become a part of the LDVC Advisory Board. This model allows conference traditions to continue from cohort to cohort, as well as provide a space for youth to build on multiple layers of involvement and leadership lessons.
LDVC Advisory Board members are the most senior camp participants, and the application for this position is only open to youth who have previously served as an LDVC camp staffer. Advisory Board members mentor and train staff to help them successfully organize the camp. The Advisory Board for this year has been chosen and applications for the 2022 advisory board will open in November 2021.
LDVC staff are appointed in March through a screening process. To organize camp activities, staffers participate in training sessions, a weekend retreat, and a conference planning weekend organized by the Advisory Board between April and July.
All Past LDC and LDVC delegates are welcome to apply for a staff position.
Applications for LDVC 2021 Staff are now closed.
Leadership Development Virtual Conference 2021
Applications are open to all youth residing in the Red Cross LA Region enrolled in 10th to 12th grade. Incoming freshmen may apply, but they will be required to complete an additional interview before acceptance to conference. Conference price includes all materials and activities, which will be picked up prior to camp. Accomodations can be made if materials cannot be picked up at the designated time.
Applications are open to all youth residing in the Red Cross LA Region (click here to see if a map of the LA Region) enrolled in 10th to 12th grade. Incoming freshmen may apply, but they will be required to complete an additional interview before acceptance to camp. This is an overnight camp.
Once your application is received, you will be contacted for payment instructions.
Please ensure that your contact information is accurate and reliable. $25 payment must be made by close of business, Friday, July 23. However, we will not take payments once we have reached our capacity and applicants will be put on a wait list.
Leadership Development Virtual Conference Delegate Scholarship
Each year, limited delegate scholarships are available for current Red Cross youth volunteers. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, please email Anna.Giang@redcross.org.