And the winner is…. Bryan Solis
On March 19th Bryan Solis was presented with The Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership. This award is a prestigious honor that is presented annually to a youth volunteer who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills and Red Cross service. Bryan is the Youth Advisory Council Vice-Chair and Red Cross Club Coordinator from California. He’s been a Red Cross volunteer for over 5 years.
In Bryan’s roles as the Youth Advisory Committee vice-chair and Red Cross club coordinator, he was responsible for coordinating all service projects, youth meetings and daily activities for more than 40 Red Cross Clubs across Orange County. He helped run the Youth Services program throughout the region and played an instrumental role in building the first-ever Youth Advisory Council in Riverside County.
Using his leadership role, Bryan created a new Youth Advisory Committee position called the Outreach Liaison, which works solely on developing new Red Cross Clubs. In 2012, Bryan hosted the first annual regional officer’s training for the Red Cross Clubs, bringing in more than 50 volunteers from Orange and San Bernardino counties.
Bryan began the tradition of running blood drives at his high school, having organized and overseen seven blood drives that were able to save more than 1,000 lives. He also led his Red Cross Club at Segerstrom High School through the pilot year of the International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign, and the group participated in the first annual Youth Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Bryan has continued his internship with the local Blood Services unit during his transition from high school student to adult volunteer—becoming a CPR/first aid instructor and getting trained to be a disaster action team member. Overall, Bryan has volunteered more than 700 hours through his Red Cross club and the Orange County Chapter.
We applaud Bryan’s accomplishments and involvement that highlight his selfless service, and his unique ability to bring people together to serve the Red Cross and the community.
Have you read about Sam Craig? He was also recognized at the National Awards and Recognition Dinner held on March 19th at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington DC. Click here to read his story!