The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region READYteens Program is a region-wide initiative designed for Youth and Young Adults, with a mission of educating high school and college students in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Youth have the opportunity to gain extensive, hands-on experience in the aforementioned areas, with an overarching goal to enhance community preparedness and safety and public health.
Throughout the academic year, the READYteens Program facilitates three main training programs including the Summer Program, Bootcamp, and Club Academy, providing opportunities for Red Cross Youth Volunteers to lead presentations and community work, engage with READYteens content, and prepare their own communities.
The READYteens Program also coordinates the LA Region Disaster Preparedness Workforce, which consists of Disaster Preparedness Officers (DPOs), E-Board Officers, and other Youth Volunteers around the region. The workforce engages with leading the READYteens training programs, Homes Made Safer Campaign (Sound the Alarm), and related community engagement.