Applications for the National Youth Council are currently CLOSED.
Questions may be directed to Arthi Venkatakrishnan, National Youth Council Vice-Chair, at email@example.com. Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to stay up to date!
The next application cycle for National Youth Council will open in 2024.
The National Youth Council consists of 13 youth and young adult volunteers from around the country, primarily high school, college, and young professional volunteers, as well as 2 adult unit paid or volunteer staff members who serve as Council advisors. The Council is supported by and works closely with the Youth and Young Adults team of Volunteer Services at National Headquarters.
The National Youth Council will be looking for youth volunteers between the ages of 16–22 to represent Red Cross youth at the national level. This is a remote (volunteer-from-home opportunity) that also requires volunteering with your local region and occasional travel when necessary. Candidates who have had at least one year of experience with the Red Cross and are passionate about furthering the Red Cross mission both locally and at the national level are encouraged to apply. This two-year commitment provides an extraordinary leadership experience and also allows youth to engage and grow youth involvement throughout the organization, all by leading national youth programs and initiatives that aim to integrate youth within the mission of the American Red Cross. Drawing upon the creativity, dedication, and energy of youth and young adults, the National Youth Council seeks to promote young volunteers as an organizational resource.
-The National Youth Council (NYC) consists of 15 members as follows (see below at the bottom of the tab for a comprehensive visual of the NYC structure):
-More information on non-executive positions can be found below. Note that you can apply to be a general member of the Council with certain position preferences, but that you are not guaranteed to serve in your top choice positions:
o Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lead
o National Collegiate Assembly (NCA) Lead
o National Youth Involvement Month/Navin Narayan
Scholarship (NYIM/NNS) Lead
o Youth Consortium Call (YCC) Lead
o Crash Course Call (CCC) Lead
o Two Field Ambassador (FA) Leads
o Resources Lead
o Social Engagement Lead
**Please note that the structure below applies to the current fiscal year (July 2022 - June 2023) and is subject to change depending on the organizational needs. **
- Current, registered Red Cross volunteer between the ages of 16–22 with a Volunteer Connection account that has been active for at least one year as of Sept. 30, 2023 (two years of experience is encouraged).
- Additional accessibility requirements are listed below. If you struggle to meet them, please indicate so on your application in the appropriate section (it will not affect our selection process).
- Experience working with and leading youth and young adults
- Comfortable working remotely using virtual communication platforms
After visiting the FAQ section for resume and letter of recommendation requirements, submit an application via Google Forms with the following items:
*Note: signing into a Google account is required to upload a file
- March 27: Applications are open.
- May 12: Applications are due at 11:59 PM ET.
- End of May: Selected applicants receive offers to interview.
- Early June: Interviewing period.
- July 1: New members begin term on the National Youth Council.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When a new member joins the Council, what does the transition look like? Is the workload overwhelming?
A: All new members undergo an onboarding period during the first month of their term on the Council in which they learn the basics of everything they need to know about working on our team! We want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the structure and functions of the Council before formally starting your Council work. Members gradually take on more responsibilities before they are assigned to a leadership role starting in August.
Q: How do Council members become specific program leads?
A: After onboarding, Council members receive position descriptions of all the available leadership roles for
that given year (July 2023 – June 2024). They have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions and hear from returning members regarding their experiences before
ranking which leadership roles they are interested in serving that year. Afterwards, our Executive Committee assigns roles based on everyone’s preferences and skillsets.
Q: Are there opportunities to explore/create your own projects?
A: Absolutely! We always encourage creativity and innovation from our members and encourage them to submit a proposal for a new project to our Executive Committee, who will support them in making it realistic and attainable!
Q: How should I format my resume?
A: Your resume should be 1-2 pages long and explicitly include the specified categories—however, you
can format it however you like! The categories are (1) Red Cross service (position, accomplishments, dates served), (2) Other work experience and community service, and (3) Professional development (i.e., awards, conferences attended, relevant training, publications, etc.). Please do not include information about your education unless it is immediately relevant to your potential service with the National Youth Council (e.g., a community service course). All irrelevant information about your academics will be removed from review to encourage greater diversity in our applicants’ academic backgrounds and eliminate bias towards certain educational institutions. For more clarity on our guidelines, please check out this resume template.
Q: Can my recommendation letter be from another student in a leadership position?
A: Unfortunately, no. All recommendations must be from an adult you have worked with.
Q: Can I reuse my recommendations from when I applied to the Navin Narayan Scholarship?
A: Yes! However, please make sure that your recommenders modify their responses accordingly to reflect the correct application. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact YouthInvolvement@redcross.org. Good luck to everyone applying!
Coffee Chats: Meet the National Youth Council!
We will be introducing Council Coffee Chats this year. You can schedule a time to meet 1-on-1 with current members about their roles and the application process to gain valuable insights! Sign up for times between 4/9 and 4/29.
Thank you for your interest in serving as a National Youth Council Advisor! You can read more information below on National Youth Council Advisor Responsibilities and Qualifications.
Application instructions will be updated in the fall of 2023.