Catch Up With the National Youth Council
On July 24th, the members of the American Red Cross National Youth Council (NYC) headed to Washington, D.C. to have their annual summer meeting. Four new members and one new advisor joined the team, making it a very productive meeting.
On Friday, the National Youth Council heard from several different departments at National Headquarters. Maria D’Ambrosio from the Corporate Office on Diversity spoke to the Council about the different initiatives that the American Red Cross has to empower both volunteers and employees to be better advocates for the organization through education around diversity related issues. The Council also heard from the team at International Humanitarian Law (IHL) about the recent IHL summit and the fruitful ideas and exchanges that came from it. The Youth and Young Adults team from Volunteer Management updated the NYC on continued initiatives to engage with youth around the country.
Saturday was a day full of goal setting and project planning for the NYC. The Council voted to elect a new Vice Chair, Doire Perot.. In addition, there will be two new working group leads, Aparna Ghosh and Dana Frayne. Check out their bios here. The Council worked to film a video surrounding diversity to be released in October. New members also learned how to facilitate Connect Tour workshops, and the Council set new goals for achieving more workshops in different areas of the country.
On Sunday, the Council had joint meetings with the National Young Professionals Council (NYPC) to discuss the progress of hour two groups and how they can work together to be better advocates for young people in the organization.