NYIM 2015: How the National Youth Council got involved!
National Youth Involvement Month is a month of giving and celebrating all that youth have to contribute to the American Red Cross. 25% of American Red Cross volunteers are youth and young adults, defined as age 24 and younger. That’s HUGE! That’s why we dedicated an entire month, to you!
Throughout the month, youth from around the country sent pictures of how they got involved. From raid cross, blood drives, and leader led programs, there are so many ways that we found all of you getting involved. To acknowledge all of your work, we have compiled your pictures into a thank you video.
Here’s how some of your National Youth Council members got involved during National Youth Involvement Month!
Waverley He is a part of the Harvard College Red Cross Club that participated in a International Humanitarian Law (IHL) introductory training. Team members were trained by Red Cross staff on IHL and rules of engagement, participated in a simulation activity, and learned about how to effectively run the campaign for this year on the subtopics of healthcare and torture.
Kriyana Reddy served as a liaison in a community partnership between her Red Cross chapter and her local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. She was also able to start project planning on expanding our chapter’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Through this partnership, she hopes to provide fire safety education, smoke detector installations, and disaster preparedness resources to more members of our community. She is also working to bring the first ever Red Cross club to her county!
Josh Lovett, with the Duke Red Cross Club, held a talk with Dr. Katz, the co-creator of the measles vaccine! He heard the history and struggles of trying to find a vaccine that is now an important part of the American Red Cross — the Measles Initiative.
Miki Rai, with the UCLA Red Cross Club, and Sally Yin with the University of Michigan Red Cross Club, both made #SPIF themed Holiday Cards for Heroes! Through the National Collegiate Assembly, Sally also promoted youth involvement and made sure Youth were connected to the bigger RC mission in general.
Dana Frayne, Vice Chair of the National Youth Council, joined the Columbia University Red Cross Club held in their annual CoffeeHouse fundraiser. The Red Cross Club partnered with local businesses to supply coffee and food, and found student bands that wanted to share their music at the event.
Eddie Zitnik, Chair of the National Youth Council, represented the American Red Cross in front of Presidents of all the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies around the world. He was interviewed, along with other youth volunteers from other national societies, on questions concerning volunteers. His short interview will be shown in their next in-person meeting in Spain!
Miki Rai, with the UCLA Red Cross Club, and Sally Yin with the University of Michigan Red Cross Club, both made #SPIF themed Holiday Mail for Heroes! Through the National Collegiate Assembly, Sally also promoted youth involvement and made sure Youth were connected to the bigger RC mission in general.