Meet The American Red Cross Youth Leaders in Greater NY!
“Twenty-five percent, or 100,000, of American Red Cross volunteers are youth or young adults, defined as age 24 and younger.”
October 24, 2022
The Regional Youth Executive Board is comprised of Red Cross youth leaders throughout the Greater New York Region. The eight members represent high schools and colleges in our NYC, Long Island, and Metro New York North chapters. Drawing upon the creativity, dedication, and energy of youth, these leaders work to support youth programming and share the Red Cross mission with the next generation.
The Regional Youth Leaders:
Alex Wang is a senior at Syosset High School, excited to head the GNY Youth Executive Board. He has been member of the Red Cross since his sophomore year and actively serves in his school's Red Cross club. Outside of the Red Cross, he enjoys fencing, playing the viola, and listening to anything from his favorite duo, Galdive.
Julia Xia is a senior at Townsend Harris High School in Queens, NY. She first got involved in the Red Cross 3 years ago through her school’s Red Cross Club chapter. She then applied to be on the Youth Executive Board to broaden my involvement in the Red Cross. She is excited for this opportunity to interact with more people outside of her school’s Club Chapter, and to be on the administrative side of creating events!
Evelyn Opara is from Nigeria and enjoys writing, reading, and watching movies in her spare time.She owns a mental health magazine for teens called Heal-4U(heal-4u.com). She also plays 5 instruments! Some of her favorite artists include Lana Del Ray, Burna Boy, Adele, BTS, Eminem, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars.
Isabella Lu is a sophomore at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York. During her freshman year, she joined their Red Cross Club, which won the Outstanding Red Cross High School Club Award. Isabella has contributed to volunteer efforts in her local chapter such as fundraisers and additional events to raise awareness. As a member of the Youth Executive Board, she hopes to motivate more youth members to join the Red Cross mission. When she isn’t volunteering with Red Cross, Isabella enjoys going bowling, hanging out with her friends, and watching her favorite shows.
Svetlana Mughnetyan is a senior at Bethpage High School, currently serving as the President of Red Cross Youth Club at her school. She is going into her fourth year of volunteering with the Red Cross and is extremely excited to be a part of the Youth Executive Board for the Greater NY Region in order to engage with fellow youth volunteers. She is looking forward to everything we will accomplish this year.
Larissa is currently a senior at Stuyvesant High School and co-President of her school’s Red Cross club. Two of her favorite events that she has done with the Red Cross are the International Humanitarian Law Campaign and Pillowcase Project. She was able to meet incredible people, learn new things, and spread knowledge to others. Beside volunteering, she also enjoys table tennis and learning about psychology. One of the things she is most looking forward to this year is meeting more people from all over the Greater New York Region!
Dina is a graduate student from Hunter College, who double majored in Biochemistry and Human Biology. Dina has been a part of the Hunter College Red Cross Youth Group for over a year and is now the Co-President of the Hunter Chapter for this academic year. Her dedication to supporting her community led her to partake in several community service activities since she was in high school. She has seen firsthand how a collective of volunteers can make a huge difference in one's neighborhood. The Red Cross Youth Executive Board allowed her to get further involved in the Greater New York Region and work in a team setting to organize events and volunteer her time. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in geriatric medicine. Dina intends to partner with the Red Cross to help deliver the best outreach programs to the Greater New York Region!
Valentina graduated from CUNY Hunter College in 2022 with a double major in Biochemistry and Human Biology. She has been an active member of her Red Cross chapter for nearly two years now. She began head volunteering at pantries and soup kitchens and is currently a Co-President of the Hunter College chapter for the upcoming academic year. By joining the Red Cross Youth Executive Board, she became more involved in the whole of the Greater New York Region, in an effort of gaining greater engagement of youth volunteers. Valentina intends on attending medical school to specialize in the field of gynecology and obstetrics, as well as remaining an active volunteer in her community!
Becoming a member or leader of a Red Cross Club is a great experience for any student wanting to build character and take initiative. The experience will also help students build intrapersonal communicative skills, leadership skills, and of course the ability to help your community. Youth are encouraged to reach out to your school’s club leaders or email email@example.com today to get started!