10 Reasons to Join the Red Cross

  1. Internship opportunities
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Red Cross interns give a disaster presentation in Mandarin at a local senior home.

No matter what your field of interest is, the Red Cross offers a variety of different internships to high school and college students. Contact your local chapter to see if this opportunity is available to you!

  1. Volunteer hours
A youth volunteer records the hours she volunteered at an event.

A youth volunteer records the hours she volunteered at an event.

With Volunteer Connection, you can access certificates and print a verified report of your volunteer hours ANYTIME you want. No more waiting!

  1. Leadership positions at the club, chapter, and national level
Club officers meet up at the liaison meeting to discuss their events for the month of November!

Club officers meet up at the liaison meeting to discuss their events for the month of November!

Get involved with the Red Cross today, and have the chance to serve as a Committee lead, Youth Executive Board member or even as part of the National Youth Council!

  1. Diverse fields to work in (health and safety, armed forces, communications, etc)
Catherine, a volunteer at the American Red Cross, teaches CPR/ First Aid.

Catherine, a volunteer at the American Red Cross, teaches CPR/ First Aid.

Catherine also makes calls out to the community.

Catherine also makes calls out to the community.

  1. Awards
Yerba Buena High School Red Cross club receives an award for their fantastic work!

Yerba Buena High School Red Cross club receives an award for their fantastic work!

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The Red Cross High School Leadership Program offers a chance to get a FREE Red Cross stole for your graduation ceremony, and a shot at a $5,000 scholarship!

  1. Access to a large array of resources

Make sure to keep updated with our most recent news, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, Youthwire.

RedCrossYouth.org has resources on how to start a club, step by step activity guides to help you plan your club events, access to schedule 1-on-1 Office hours with a National Youth Council member, and much more! Make sure to keep updated with our most recent news, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, YouthWire.

  1. Scholarships
One volunteer organizes a blood drive to save lives and also earn a scholarship through the Blood Services High School Leadership Program. (CC: Nicholas Chiu)

One volunteer organizes a blood drive to save lives and also earn a scholarship through the Blood Services High School Leadership Program. (CC: Nicholas Chiu)

Check out the Navin Narayan College Scholarship that annually awards $1,000 to an outstanding high school Senior!

  1. You’ll be able to continue with Red Cross no matter where you go
These Red Cross volunteers started their journey with the organization in high school and continued at their University!

These Red Cross volunteers started their journey with the organization in high school and continued at their University!

Red Cross will be present no matter where you go.

  1. Direct impact experience
The FAST team (stoke team) out and about making a direct impact on the community.

The FAST team (stoke team) out and about making a direct impact on the community.

If you are 16 and above, check out the “Disaster Action Team” at your local chapter to find out if you can work as a direct responder!

  1. Be connected with a passionate group of people to expand your network
The Silicon Valley Youth Executive Board takes a silly picture together after a productive meeting. Their team meets bimonthly to plan and execute events for over 1,500 youth.

The Silicon Valley Youth Executive Board takes a silly picture together after a productive meeting. Their team meets bimonthly to plan and execute events for over 1,500 youth.

As part of the Red Cross, you are part of one of the largest networks across the world.

Written byMiki Rai, National Youth Council Communications Working Group Lead

Special thanks to Joanna Hu and her Silicon Valley Youth Executive Board Team in California for their collaboration on this article.

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