Experience the Journey of a Refugee

 

Losing Your Most Prized Possessions – the newest Red Cross IHL youth activity guide – puts you in the shoes of a refugee or internally displaced person (IDP). By participating in this simulation, you can experience some of the struggles facing refugees and IDPs and learn about the protections offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) and refugee law.

 

In this simulation, you are asked to name your four most prized possessions and then make your way through a route filled with obstacles. See if you can hold on to all of your prized possessions during your escape to a safer haven. The activity guide provides you with discussion questions for after the simulation is finished. Reflect on how the group experienced the vulnerability that refugees and IDPs encounter daily – and how upholding the protections of IHL and refugee law can help ensure their safety.

 

Debriefing Session

 

Losing Your Most Prized Possessions provides a way to change your peers’ perspectives on the challenges facing people fleeing persecution, armed conflict, or other disaster. Recruit your friends and classmates to join you on the journey of a refugee or IDP.

 

Email IHLYouth@redcross.org for a copy of the complete activity guide!

 

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Star Wars: Force for Change

Show Your Force. Double Your Impact Today!

Through May 4, 2016 (Star Wars Day), Star Wars: Force for Change will match all donations made to the American Red Cross on their special CrowdRise page, 1-to-1 up to $1M, and donors enter to win exciting prizes.

If you’re looking for ideas to show YOUR force, watch this fun video created by the Red Cross of Alaska!

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3 Ways to Get Involved in Giving Day!

Giving Day 2016 

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What it is Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising event on April 21st, 2016 that builds awareness for our critical mission and raises funds to support the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross.

 

To build awareness about Giving Day and enhance your social media activities, follow the three steps below:

 

  1. Sign up to be a Social Ambassador! As a Social Ambassador, you’ll join a special group of our most dedicated supporters in helping spread the word about Giving Day. When you sign up to be an ambassador, you’ll receive weekly content and videos you can share on social media. You will be a part of a nationwide team raising awareness for lifesaving mission and helping more families in need.  It’s fast and easy to sign up – just go to givingday.redcross.org/ambassadors/

 

  1. Leading up to Giving Day, you can keep the momentum going by posting to your own social media accounts. Use the hashtag #help1family on your social media accounts to encourage your friends and family to get involved and donate on Giving Day. See examples below.

Twitter
I’m helping @RedCross spread the word about their April 21 Giving Day! Join me to #help1family: rdcrss.org/1R5Uw41

Will you #help1family? $30 could provide 6 blankets for ppl affected by disasters big & small rdcrss.org/1R5Uw41

Facebook
The American Red Cross needs our help! If we all #help1family, think of what we could do. Help spread the word about Red Cross Giving Day as a Social Ambassador: rdcrss.org/1U2g2a4

You can help the American Red Cross provide a family with a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials for just $88.50. Make an impact – #help1family. Show your #RedCross Giving Day support now: rdcrss.org/1U2g2a4

*Make sure to use the URLS above so we are able to track how much of an impact Youth is making for Giving Day!

 

  1. Starting April 1st, encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to donate on the Red Cross Youth page (redcross.org/givingday/youth). Every online donation to the Youth Page will be included in the real-time fundraising results shown on the Giving Day website.
Have questions? Email us!

givingday@redcross.org

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Congratulations to the 2015 Navin Narayan Award Winner!

The American Red Cross recognizes its exceptional employees and volunteers at the annual National Awards and Recognition Dinner and Ceremony. The fiscal year 2015 award recipients all used their talents and passions to accomplish impressive goals and worked tirelessly to support our lifesaving work. Whitney Sutton was awarded The Navin Narayn Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership. This award is a prestigious honor presented annually to a youth volunteer who demonstrates exemplary Leadership Skills and Red Cross service.

 

Whitney Sutton has been involved in the American Red Cross youth services program in the Utah Region since attending our first regional Leadership Development Camp as a delegate in 2010. The following year, Whitney joined the Red Cross youth program, immediately taking on leadership roles.

 

When Whitney came on board the Utah Region Youth Services Programs was in its infancy. With her involvement and leadership they are now one of the strongest programs in the nation. She has grown the youth services into three successful programs across the state of Utah, increased recruitment and retention to now include 200 youth participants supporting every sector of the Red Cross and drastically increased our monthly meeting attendance rates.

 

Whitney recruited 10 other students to take the first all-youth CPR/AED and FA Instructor Course and then empowered each of them to teach community courses for the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter. Now over 35 youth CPR/AED and FA instructors and an additional 25 babysitter instructors have been trained. Whitney is one of only 100 youth nationwide to become fully trained as a Disaster Action Team member. She also continues to stay active in Leadership Development Camp having served in a student-staff capacity for two years moving on to be a camp administrator and last year, joining the program as a member of the adult staff.

 

Wednesday March 9, 2016. Washington, D.C. The National Awards and Recognition Dinner at the Board of Governors Hall, American Red Cross National Headquarters. The American Red Cross honored 56 of its best and brightest at the 2016 National Awards and Recognition Dinner in Washington, DC. The event recognized the achievements of those whose commitment and passion make it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its lifesaving mission every day. Whitney Sutton awarded the Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership. Photo by Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross

Wednesday March 9, 2016. Washington, D.C.
The National Awards and Recognition Dinner at the Board of Governors Hall, American Red Cross National Headquarters.
The American Red Cross honored 56 of its best and brightest at the 2016 National Awards and Recognition Dinner in Washington, DC. The event recognized the achievements of those whose commitment and passion make it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its lifesaving mission every day.
Whitney Sutton awarded the Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership.
Photo by Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross

 

Whitney’s passion for the Red Cross and its mission has remained steadfast even her personal life as a student evolves. From high school to college, the Red Cross has always been able to count on Whitney when the organizational need is there. Her passion to transfer leadership and service skillsets to a younger generation and help them to understand how the skills obtained as a Red Cross volunteer are applicable throughout life are what makes Whitney a true trail blazer and the Red Cross lucky to know and work alongside her.

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Giving Day 2016

Join us on April 21st for the American Red Cross second annual Giving Day. Our entire organization will come together both nationally and locally to raise awareness for our critical mission. With your support to spread the #help1family word we can reach our goal to raise funds to support families after disaster. More details on how you can join will be coming soon. For now, please save the date for Thursday, April 21, 2016.

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