Fort Bragg American Red Cross Youth Club

American Red Cross, Fort Bragg is very fortunate to have so many dedicated youth volunteers. These youth add so much to our organization in the way of ideas, energy and service.  They truly believe in our SAF mission; to provide humanitarian support to service members, veterans, and their families around the clock, around the globe, under one trusted symbol.

 The Youth Club has created, planned and enacted many amazing projects. Last year they had a Mentor Day were the Youth Club tutored the children on Fort Bragg in Math and Science and had a craft area for the younger children. They did it all here at our main office on a weekend, giving of their own time to help others. The youth planned the event, made the flyers and had a great time mentoring. The Youth Club also had a clothing drive for the needy on Fort Bragg and in the Fayetteville community. The drive was a big success.
The youth understand that our military community is not limited to Fort Bragg, but also the surrounding area of Fayetteville. They know that our military members may need assistance with basic needs from time to time so the youth decided to volunteer to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank in December by sorting and bagging food items. The youth club will be visiting the State Veteran’s Home 26 January 2013 where they will visiting with veterans and will also be calling Bingo for the Veterans. This is a favorite of the Youth Club and veterans alike. In February the Youth Club will be volunteering at the Salvation Army serving meals to the less fortunate in our community.
Let me introduce you to four of our dedicated youth that continuously support our mission and are succeeding in their scholastic endeavors:
Kate Sanborn is a freshman at Jack Britt High School. She is taking Biology Honors and Geometry Honors (both sophomore courses). Kate is member of the Key Club and Math Club. She is a Red Cross Certified Babysitter, and has been a runner since the third grade. Kate is involved in cross country, indoor and outdoor track at school. Kate ranks in the top 100 for North Carolina and the top 100 nationally.
Brenna Jackson is a junior at Massey Hill Classical High School. Brenna is a Red Cross Certified Babysitter and this year she is the Youth Club Media Coordinator. She is a member of the school’s Show Choir.  Brenna is a member of the National Honors Society as well as the Academy of Scholars for Cumberland County.
Connor Johnson is a junior at Terry Sanford High School. Connor is a member of the National Honors Society and the Academy of Honors for Cumberland County. Connor is also an AAA Scholar Athlete for 2011, 2012 and Scholastic All American 2011, 2012. He is on the school swim team and was High School State Swimming Finalist 2011, 2012. Connor is nationally ranked top 10 in swimming for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Shaun Jones is a senior at Massey Hill Classical High School. He is Student Body President and a member of the Student Government Association. Shaun is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Academy of Scholars for Cumberland County. He has been accepted to Duke University, early decision. Shaun served as the Vice President of the Fort Bragg ARC Youth Club from September 2011 – May 2012.
These fine scholars are our leaders of tomorrow. Their amazing abilities and call to service will carry them far in life. We are honored to have them be part of our program and mission at SAF, and can only hope they aspire to carry the American Red Cross mission and vision throughout their lives.

Story by Jeannette Salcedo

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