Youthwire November 6, 2012

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Youthwire National Youth Council Newsletter
November 6, 2012
Editor’s Note

Hi Everyone!
November has flurried in with lots happening in the news and here at the Red Cross.

I hope you are all safe and sound from Superstorm Sandy, especially those in states most impacted. It was an incredibly devastating storm for so many people, and the Red Cross is helping in every way we can!

On an exciting note, November isNational Youth Involvement Month. We are featuring a series this month on club involvement, with stories like how to start your own club, as well as how to keep members, and much more. Stay tuned and get involved!

Sabrina Rush
Editor and NYC member


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The National Youth Council is a group of 13 incredibly passionate and knowledgeable Red Cross youth volunteers whose mission is to guide and connect volunteer youth and their activities nationwide in support of the American Red Cross mission.

Red Cross Volunteer Lilliana Matos with Ferndanda and Maria Velasco at the Pleasantville High School Shelter
Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Response
Superstorm Sandy cut a destructive path up the East Coast, flooding streets with torrential rainfall and battering homes with dangerous, gale-force winds. With the help of our volunteers, the Red Cross has opened hundreds of shelters across multiple states, served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks, activated our entire national fleet of Emergency Response Vehicles, and provided nearly 91,600 relief supplies, such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits for families whose homes were damaged or flooded by the storm.

View the latest photos and stories here>

Img: Eli Russ, NYC member and Mamaroneck Red Cross Club President
Featured Red Cross Club
NYC Member and Mamaroneck High School Club President Eli Russ on Superstorm Sandy Mamaroneck, NY

Eli Russ, President of the Mamaroneck High School Red Cross Club, shares an inside look on how his club responded to Superstorm Sandy in an interview with NYC Council Member Sabrina Rush.

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Nick Cannon presents Taylor Waters with her HALO Award. (Photo by WebNick/Cliff Hollis)
TeenNick HALO Award: Taylor Waters
Our very own National Youth Council member, Taylor Waters, was recently awarded the TeenNick HALO Award. The award highlights her service and her leadership with the Red Cross. In addition to the award, she received $10,000 which she will put towards furthering Disaster Relief through the Red Cross.

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Img: Augusta volunteers, Emma Kate Few and Tori Williams
Send holiday mail to our nation’s heroes
One Thursday afternoon when high school students could have been doing various things, a group of young Red Cross volunteers came together to make cards for soldiers. The Red Cross calls this program Holiday Mail for Heroes.It takes takes place between October 1 and December 7th, and serves as a simple way to say thank you to our service members, veterans and military families for the holidays. Find out how you, too, can participate in the program and provide much needed encouragement and holiday cheer to our heroes.

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Read about National Youth Involvement Activities
Start your own Red Cross Club!
We’re super excited that you want to start a club at your school! Here we’ve outlined some steps that we hope you’ll find useful as you set up your club. High school clubs have a slightly different set of instructions from college clubs, so pay attention to that as you read ahead.

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Ask an NYC member all things Red Cross – We can help!
Ask an NYC member all things Red Cross! We can help! Can’t retain a club membership? Don’t know how to fundraise? Need to learn how to host a blood drive? Or want to arrange for a CPR or First Aid class with coworkers? We’ve all been there. The National Youth Council has collectively generated years of experience that enables them to help provide you with insider Red Cross tips and guidance if you are struggling with moving a project forward.

Email your questions to and we will feature your question, and our response, in the next issue!

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