A Transformative Experience: The Red Cross Leadership Development Center
July 24, 2023
In the heart of scenic Loma Mar’s Redwood Glen Camp, more than 120 enthusiastic and driven students from across the Bay Area gathered for a transformative experience. The American Red Cross Leadership Development Center (LDC), a four-day conference, aims to empower individuals ages 13 – 18 with essential leadership skills, disaster preparedness knowledge, lifesaving skills and the opportunity to make an impact in their communities. Packed with engaging activities, inspirational speakers and unforgettable moments, LDC always promises to be an adventure for these aspiring young Red Crossers.
Through hands-on training and simulations, delegates learned crucial techniques for emergency response, first aid and CPR. Delegates gained a deeper understanding of the Red Cross’ five lines of services and how to get involved through several interactive workshops. Regional Red Cross leadership and Board Members also joined them for a day to share what inspired them to serve with the organization and how passion for leadership can be turned into action at any age. They even had the opportunity to create a “Shark Tank” style sales pitch on the importance of donating blood, which helped instill a sense of responsibility to this lifesaving cause.
“The best thing about LDC was that every workshop was truly fun, making the activities extremely memorable. I learned how to work with people I had never met before to overcome challenges we would face in the real world, all while making new friends,” shared Leisha Devisetti, one of the 120 delegates at the camp this year. “LDC showed us how Red Cross is for everyone because it encompasses a wide range of services for all ages. I’m excited to engage in these different aspects by volunteering more this upcoming year!”
Enjoying time around the campfire for s’mores and participating in team building games were just some of the many featured activities. In combination with all that LDC had to offer, the shared experiences and camaraderie created new friendships and memories to last a lifetime!
“I always look forward to seeing a new generation of compassionate Red Cross leaders who are eager to make a positive impact in their community,” shared Jonathan Bernier, Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. “We’re grateful to our donors and supporters who kindly underwrite the cost of the conference to support these fearless leaders.”
LDC proves to be a pivotal and engaging opportunity to cultivate core leadership skills, nurture empathy, and foster a spirit of service. These young philanthropists will be able to further engage with their community by carrying the knowledge, inspiration and friendships to affect meaningful change as they move the Red Cross mission forward.
Photos from this year’s LDC can be viewed here. To learn more about LDC and other youth volunteer opportunities, please visit ourwebpage.