Giving Day Reminder!

There is still time to sign up to be a Red Cross Giving Day Social Ambassador and receive your FREE Red Cross t-shirt! Join the nearly 100 Red Cross youth and young adult volunteers across the country  that have already signed up to share why they support the Red Cross on June 2, our first ever Giving Day! Wear your shirt, take a selfie, post to your favorite social media site, and use hashtag #allin1day. It only takes two minutes to make a huge impact. Sign up today!

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IHL Action Campaign Update

Bradley University, IHLAC 14, Debriefing with freshmen (6)Forty-one teams from high schools and colleges across the country participated in this year’s IHL Action Campaign. The IHL Action Campaign is a chance for young people to teach their peers about the importance of international humanitarian law (IHL), which strives to limit the effects of armed conflict and protects civilians and others who are not participating in the fighting. In order to do this, this year IHL Action Campaign teams created interactive projects that connected IHL to the topics of refugees and gender. Their Campaigns ranged from videos and skits to simulations and art displays, reaching nearly 54,000 people in total — 18,000 were reached in-person and an additional 36,000 were directly reached online.


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You can read about this year’s teams on the IHL blog: 

For more information on the IHL Action Campaign in general, including how you can become involved in next year’s campaign, visit: or email

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Participate in a Twitter Chat about Youth Volunteering

We’d like to invite you to participate in a Twitter Chat next week about youth volunteering. The US Department of Health and Human Services, @PHEgov, will be hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 211-2pm ET. We’d love for you to participate and share your Red Cross story. To participate, use your personal handle and #NHSSchat in all your tweets. More about the chat info here. Also, if you haven’t already, follow the American Red Cross on Twitter.

During the chat, they will be discussing:

  • Why volunteering matters to students and how it helps you and your community
  • When is the best time to make the choice to volunteer and how volunteering before a disaster strikes makes your community more healthy when disaster strikes .
  • Where young people can learn more about volunteering
  • And more!

 April 211-2PM ET | Hosted by @PHEgov | Use #NHSSchat in all your tweets

Participating in a twitter chat is a simple way to learn more about a topic and share your ideas. It’s a great way to build your network and credibility online by showing your own expertise and passion around given topic. Twitter chats are simply a public conversation held on Twitter.

During the Student Health Volunteers Chat, we plan to discuss why choosing to become a student health volunteer matters to you and to your community, how you can volunteer, how volunteering can help with your career development, and more.

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a way to have a conversation via Twitter that are scheduled for a certain date and time and that focus on a specific topic. They typically include a series of questions to help guide the discussion. Participants join the conversation by using tweets and including a predefined “hashtag” in each one.  A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.  Hashtags cannot use spaces.

The Student Health Volunteers chat will use the hashtag #NHSSchat.  The Student Health Volunteers Twitter Chat will be the first in a series of chats hosted by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in support of the National Health Security Strategy.

How do I join the conversation?

Once you have signed in to Twitter, search for the hashtag #NHSSchat and select Add Column.  All of the tweets that are sent using that hashtag will show up in that column.  If you want to tweet, simply select “New Tweet”, type your tweet into the dialogue box, and select Tweet.

You can use Twitter to track the chat as well – just type the search term #NHSSchat into the search box.  However, tweets on Twitter may not be ranked in real-time order and this method has a more significant delay.

To join in the conversation, use the hashtag #NHSSchat in all of your tweets. This will allow all tweets in the conversation to be grouped. Leave comments, retweet other tweets, answer questions or even ask your own questions to further the conversation.


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Download the NEW Emergency App


Top Ten Reasons to Download the New, Free Red Cross Emergency App

  1. IT’S FREE. Who wouldn’t want free 24/7 protection with emergency alerts and safety information?
  2. MONITOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Parents, rejoice. The “Family Safe” feature lets you know if your loved ones are okay, even if they don’t have the app.
  3. EYE CANDY. Customize your weather alerts in various locations with photos of the loved one, or furry four-legged family member who lives there.
  4. WORKS ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. You can set 35 different emergency alerts to monitor multiple locations anywhere in the U.S.
  5. PLAN AND PREPARE. The “Make a Plan” feature helps families plan out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes.
  6. HABLAMOS ESPAÑOL. Easily toggle between English and Spanish to use the language you’re most comfortable with in a stressful situation.
  7. NO CONNECTION, NO PROBLEM. If you can’t connect, you can still access the pre-loaded preparedness and response information from Red Cross experts.
  8. MAP IT OUT. Love maps? This app lets you overlay people, places, weather alerts, and open Red Cross shelters.
  9. BE A GOOD SON (OR DAUGHTER). Don’t wait for your mom to get her alert and ask if you’re okay. Ping her directly with the touch of a button using the “I’m Safe” feature.
  10. TORNADO SIREN. It’s loud. It’s awesome. It could save your life.


The free app can be downloaded by going to the app store for your smartphone or tablet or by going to The “Family Safe” feature is also available on the new Apple Watch. And while apps can help prepared someone for disasters, it’s important to remember that downloading any of the Red Cross apps is not a substitute for training. To learn more about or register for Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses, visit .

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Giving Day

unnamedThis June 2nd, the Red Cross is launching its FIRST EVER Giving Day! We want you to be a part of it! Over the next few weeks, the entire Red Cross community will come together to celebrate our passion and spread awareness for the amazing work that happens every day in local communities across the country helping prevent and respond to emergencies. In order to amplify the impact, will go “all in” to raise awareness and funds for the Red Cross to help make more good days happen for those in need.  As you may know, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, and awareness and donations raised on Giving Day will help us continue providing support and relief to people in need, every day.  As a Red Cross youth or young adult volunteer, you can play an important role in making Giving Day a success. Help us make a HUGE impact by becoming a Giving Day Social Ambassador! As a Giving Day Social Ambassador, you will help to spread the word leading up to and on Giving Day through your favorite social media sites, and encourage others to get involved. Sign up between today and May 11, and you will receive a free Red Cross red t-shirt, email reminders, and sample posts and messages to share with your network.   On June 2, wear your shirt, take a selfie and use the hashtag, #allin1day, on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to spread the word about Giving Day with your friends and family.  Ask them to be “all in” with you and support the cause you are passionate about. Sign up today! #allin1day


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