Roles and Responsibilities
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!