American Red Cross Youth Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Red Cross? Check out our answers below! If you still have more, email a National Youth Council member and they will get back to you with an answer.

  1.     What does the American Red Cross do?

The American Red Cross (ARC), also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. The five service areas of the American Red Cross are:

  • Disaster Services
  • Services to the Armed Forces
  • Preparedness, Health and Safety Services
  • International Services
  • Blood Services
  1. What is the American Red Cross Mission Statement?

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

  1.   What does a youth volunteer do?

Youth volunteers are involved in all areas of volunteering with the Red Cross. Depending on the club, youth volunteers may be involved in blood services, disaster response, international services, service to Armed Forces, and fundraising.  For a whole list of Red Cross youth opportunities, check out the Menu of Youth Opportunities.

  1.     Where do I volunteer?

You can volunteer all over the country! There are Red Cross Chapters (Red Cross Office Locations) in every state.  To find your local chapter, click here.

  1.     How do I start a high school or college Red Cross club?

We’re so happy to hear you’re starting your Red Cross journey. Starting a club is a great experience! Check out Club in a Box for detailed instructions.

  1.     Am I old enough to volunteer?

Youth Volunteers are ages 24 and younger. Volunteers have to be above age 13.

  1.     I already volunteer, how can I get recognized nationally?

Thanks so much for volunteering! Consider asking your Red Cross advisor or local contact to nominate you for Youth Spotlight. This is a monthly recognition for volunteers like you.

  1.     What is the National Youth Council?

The American Red Cross National Youth Council (NYC) is a group of thirteen youth members and two adult advisors who nationally represent and serve the youth volunteers of the American Red Cross. Drawing upon the creativity, dedication, and energy of youth, the National Youth Council seeks to promote young volunteers as an organizational resource.

  1.     How do I contact the National Youth Council?

Need advice on anything youth volunteer related? Schedule an appointment to talk with any one of us during Office Hours.

  1. How do I apply to the National Youth Council?

Applications to the National Youth Council open in April of each year. For more information, click here.

  1.  I still have questions!

No problem at all. Email any one of our members with your question, and you’ll get a response within 48 hours. The members’ emails are found in the biographies here.

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