An Update on the Youth of Southeast Michigan

The youth volunteers at the Washtenaw-Lenawee County Chapter in Southeast Michigan have been working hard and promoting the Red Cross mission in amazing ways! Check out some of the latest updates of the awesome youth in this area!

The Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) Red Cross Club started less than a year ago with only two students…..but they’ve already made a name for themselves by winning first place at the Michigan Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Competition! Their work involved community awareness for disaster and emergency preparedness. Their efforts included a massive distribution of disaster preparedness and prevention information to over 850 households in the nearby area! They also taught Hands-Only CPR to 250 students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Not only that, the budding club started an annual Red Cross Day, where they taught over 100 students first aid skills and water safety, as well as disaster and emergency preparedness tips. For a 9 month old club, they have set the bar high for youth across the country! Way to go LISD!

The Chapter’s Youth volunteer of the year this year was Suraj Jaipalli, a high school student who took the initiative to organize presentations for fundraisers for local disaster relief efforts and Chapter events like the annual Swim-A-Cross. He has taken the initiative to volunteer at times when no one else is available and always makes himself ready to promote and carry on the Red Cross Mission.

Finally, a large majority of the high school youth in the area took charge and organized the first ever Blood Cup—a battle between two local high schools to raise the most pints of blood. The winning high school, Ann Arbor’s Huron High School, collected 54 pints of blood in one drive, and took home the Blood Cup trophy for the year!

The youth of Southeast Michigan are an inspiration to us all to work even harder to promote the activities and mission of the Red Cross! You guys rock!

Aparna Ghosh

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