Office Hours: A Resource for Red Cross Members, Club Leaders, and YOU!

Are you a Red Cross youth member who has questions about getting CPR certified or organizing a blood drive? Does your club need ideas for member retention or recruitment?  Would you like to chat with a National Youth Council member via Skype, Google Hangouts, or phone as part of our Office Hours initiative? Office hours are a one-on-one meeting for us to help you troubleshoot or bounce ideas around about your experiences with Red Cross. The National Youth Council would love to give some tips or advice if we can, since many of us have spent many years running Red Cross clubs ourselves. Some of our specialties and experiences include fundraising, blood drives, international humanitarian law, event planning, citizen CPR classes, club recruitment, and more.

In addition to signing up for office hours, you can also view our Quick Info Videos here. These videos may answer some of the questions you may have and cover topics ranging from National Youth Involvement Month to Volunteer Recognition. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know during an Office Hours call what you’d like to see next!

Each Office Hours session is 15-minutes long and set up using a quick and easy signup form located at We are all available and excited to talk to you!

Youth Spotlight: Marissa Tehrani

Marissa’s Red Cross story begins in 2013 when she started school at Camas High. She signed up for the American Red Cross club eagerly and attended every event her club had to offer. She enjoyed all things medical and loved to lend a helping hand whenever she possibly could, making the Red Cross the perfect avenue. She has experience planning and hosting blood drives for her school, and running the Leadership Development Camp, a 2 day camp where youth learn about the Red Cross and are CPR certified, which raises about $1,500 for Red Cross disaster relief. In addition, she is an active participant in the Home Fire Safety Campaign.
Through the American Red Cross, Marissa has learned more about having compassion for others and states that “it truly made me feel good knowing I was able to give back and be a part of an organization that helps people in need when disasters happen to them”. Red Cross has not only helped her develop as a person, but also let her express her passion and leadership abilities. Marissa later on became the President of her high school club for two years in a row, and also served on the Youth Council for the Southwest Washington Chapter.
In the future, she plans to pursue a Bachelors of Nursing, and become a pediatric nurse. Marissa will continue her school year serving as the part of her local youth council. She hopes to even further increase her volunteer involvement, run more blood drives for her chapter, and volunteer with the American Red Cross for the rest of her life.

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Apply for the National Youth Council!


Applications for the National Youth Council (NYC) are now open! 

The National Youth Council consists of 13 youth and young adult volunteers from around the country, primarily high school, college, and young professional volunteers, as well as 2 adult unit paid or volunteer staff members who serve as Council advisors. The Council is supported by and works closely with the Youth and Young Adults team at National Headquarters.

The National Youth Council is looking for youth volunteers between the ages of 16 – 24 to represent Red Cross youth at the national level. Candidates who have had at least two years of experience with the Red Cross and are passionate about furthering the Red Cross mission both locally and at the national level are encouraged to apply. This two-year commitment provides an extraordinary leadership experience and also allows youth to engage and grow youth involvement throughout the organization.

The National Youth Council is also looking for adult youth supporters to be advisors for the NYC. Positions are open to experienced field youth coordinators, Red Cross Unit Executives, and skilled volunteers/employees in a specific line of service delivery, with a commitment to advance youth involvement. During this two-year term, advisors facilitate leadership building for all NYC members and provide guidance and recommendations on all Council projects.

All application materials are due by 11:59 pm EDTMonday May 15, 2017.  Questions regarding this application and completed application materials should be addressed to National Youth Council Vice-Chair, Bryan Solis, at

Member Application Materials:

NYC Member Instructions 2017

NYC Application 2017

Red Cross Recommendation Form 2017

Non-Red Cross Recommendation Form 2017

Advisor Application Materials:

NYC Advisor Application 2017

NYC Advisor Instructions 2017

Members of the NYC lead national youth programs and initiatives that aim to integrate youth within the mission of the American Red Cross.

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Spotlight on Walled Lake Central High’s Red Cross Club

The students at Walled Lake Central High School are a motivated bunch – members of the Red Cross Club host blood drives, and partner with their school and community to promote the Red Cross mission.

This month, for March is Red Cross Month, WLC Red Cross Club members conducted the Totes for Hope activity. They created the kits to be distributed at the local Veteran’s center, after collecting donations and raising funds through a Candy Grams fundraiser that they held on Valentine’s Day. Students at Walled Lake Central then had the chance to sponsor a bag for $8 and the Club members assembled the kits together.

The Veteran’s Center manages around 125 homeless Veterans (permanently in some cases, temporarily in others). After speaking with one of the site managers, the Club decided, under the guidance of their teacher mentor, that they would create the kids and include a red t-shirt, a pair of socks, chocolates, cookies, and a card.

It was a successful event that gave the students a chance to interact with their local Veteran’s center and highlight the Red Cross mission!

Happy National Youth Involvement Month!

Thank you to the 392 people who signed up for NYIM 2016! This is an incredible improvement from the 65 sign-ups last year. NYIM is all about highlighting youth involvement as about 20% of the entire Red Cross volunteer force is youth volunteers. Throughout the month, participants are encouraged to hold events like Kit Drives, Fire Safety Canvassing, a Zombie Apocalypse party, etc. If you haven’t singed up for NYIM already don’t worry because it’s not too late! Show us your #TeamRC moment by signing up for NYIM! Thank you for making this years National Youth Involvement month a success already, be sure to send in your event success so you can be spotlighted for your awesome work! Can’t wait to see what amazing events everyone puts on!

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Celebrating our New and Leaving National Youth Council Members

The National Youth Council is incredibly excited to welcome five new youth members and one new advisor to the team! The selection process was highly competitive, and it was truly inspiring to see the dedication of the American Red Cross’ amazing youth volunteers and youth leaders through the applications.

It is an absolute pleasure to introduce the new youth members and advisor of the National Youth Council.



EmmaKate Few

is a freshman at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she is majoring in Journalism and is a Pre-Law scholar. Prior to college, she served as Co-President of the Augusta Red Cross Youth Board and was awarded the Youth Services Volunteer of the Year award for the American Red Cross of Augusta. Furthermore, EmmaKate has helped lead over 24 Leadership Development Conferences for elementary and middle school students, and hosted a “Rock the Runway for the Red Cross” Fashion Show that raised over $1,700 in one night for the Augusta Chapter 2016 Heroes Campaign.

Joanna Hu

is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying nursing and healthcare management. She has served as President of her high school club, as well as International Committee Coordinator, Liaison, and Co-chair of her local chapter’s Youth Executive Board. In 2014, she received the International Services award from her chapter and was named Youth of the Year. Joanna is the 2016 recipient of the Navin Narayan Scholarship.

Amy Ma

is a freshman at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois majoring in Economics with a minor in Human Rights. Prior to college, she served as President of the Clements High School Red Cross Club and Executive Chair of the Texas Gulf Coast Region Youth Service Council, in which she created the local Red Cross youth newsletter, organized blood drives, and planned two Leadership Development Conferences. As an intern with the Disaster Service Department of the Greater Houston Area Chapter, Amy has assisted with Community Partnerships in the Texas Floods Disaster Relief Operation and directed the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Amy was awarded the Red Cross Tom Sellers Exceptional Youth Volunteer Award and recognized as the Greater Houston Service Awards’ Youth-of-the-Year.

Anna Nguyen

is a freshman at UC Berkeley, where she plans to study public health and immunology. She has served  as the President of her high school club and as International Services Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and Chair of the East Bay Area Youth Executive Board (YEB). She has been a youth staff member in the Northern California Coastal Region’s Leadership Development Center. Additionally, Anna has worked as a Red Cross certified lifeguard and water safety instructor at her local parks and recreation department.

Georgia Vasilopoulos

is a senior at the Bronx High School of Science in New York who has interests ranging from Neuroscience to International Affairs. She has served as the youth representative on the Red Cross Board of Directors for the Greater New York region and helped establish the first regional Chapter Youth Council. As chair of the Chapter Youth Council for the past three years, Georgia has led region-wide events such as Missing Maps, Raid Cross, MLK Day of Service, and Night for Nepal. She has taught disaster preparedness classes and advocated for the acceptance of youth volunteers onto Home Fire Preparedness Campaign teams. Recently, she was able to volunteer with a Red Cross center in Patra, Greece that provides free first aid treatment and delivers care packages.



Anna Drenning

became a high school volunteer with her local chapter in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. From there, she founded two Red Cross Clubs in high school and college and served terms on both the National Youth Council and National Young Professionals Council. Anna is currently the Regional Youth Volunteer Specialist with the Western PA Region of the American Red Cross and advocates for youth and young adult involvement through all lines of service. In her role, she works with youth-focused community partners, volunteers, Red Cross Clubs, interns and young professionals.

Thank you to the Red Cross communities of these individuals for supporting them along their Red Cross journeys, and for helping them grow and thrive as American Red Cross volunteers.

We would also like to recognize the members who have rotated off the National Youth Council:

Eddie Zitnik
Former Positions: Chair, Creator of the Youth Diversity Pledge Facilitation Guide

Dana Frayne
Former Positions: Vice Chair, Chapter Services Support Working Group Lead, National Youth Involvement Month Liaison, Creator of the “Working with Youth” Tip Sheet

Cat Reilly
Former Positions: Youth Outreach Working Group Lead, YouthWire Editor

Josh Lovett
Former Positions: National Youth Involvement Month Liaison, Connect Tour Liaison

Shannon Vance
Former Positions: Navin Award Committee Liaison

Jackie Young
Former Positions: RedCrossYouth.Org Liaison, Facebook Liaison

Logan Ferlito
Former Positions: Beloved Advisor for three years

Thank you all for your efforts and accomplishments for the National Youth Council and for the American Red Cross. You will definitely be missed, and we know that you will all continue to do amazing things as volunteers and as individuals!

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Bolles Red Cross Club Sends Holiday Cards to US Service Members

Last November, the Bolles Red Cross Club in Jacksonville, Florida sent over 65 cards to US Service Members. Holiday Mail for Heroes was a perfect way for the club to get involved for the holidays. Over 50 people were involved and over half the club set up the tables, paper, markers, and made the amazing music playlist.


Before the successful event, the Club coordinated with the local Red Cross chapter, The Northeast Florida Red Cross Chapter, annually sends cards to veterans in the area or overseas. They agreed on a deadline to send the cards.


Maria Muzaurieta, President of the Red Cross club, explained that it was “amazing to be part of this event and see the difference the club was making as people made cards.” She explained how this event also served as a great way to recruit new volunteers to the Red Cross.


Maria suggests reaching out early to the Chapter to coordinate a shipping time for the cards. Holiday Mail for Heroes was a great way to get members and nonmembers involved in the Bolles Red Cross Club.


From Left to Right: Vice President (Grace Calavan), President (Maria Muzaurieta), and Secretary (Emily Fender)

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University of Michigan Red Cross Club Hosts Fourth Annual Run for the Red

On April 6th, the University of Michigan (UM) Red Cross hosted their fourth annual 5K fundraiser, Run for the Red.


Run for the Red has been successful in past years, and this year’s event was no exception. After a year of planning by Hani Ephor, a member, and coordinating with the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter, the UM Red Cross Club was able to gather support and resources from local businesses and community volunteers.


“It has been amazing to see the growth of the 5K over the past three years, thanks to hard work from the planning committee, volunteers and the runners,” says Sally Yin, a member of both the UM Red Cross Club and the National Youth Council.

“Run for the Red is a platform that showcases the diverse talent, passion and humor of UM students. It is the event that I look forward to most every year.”


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Silicon Valley Chapter Youth Participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign

During the 2015 holiday season, the Silicon Valley Red Cross Spirit Committee hosted an event called Holiday Mail for Heroes at the Silicon Valley Chapter located in California. This event was inspired by the annual national campaign and corresponding activity guide. Through this event, the spirit committee aimed to support veterans and military families by providing comforting and compassionate messages.

In order to execute a successful Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, spirit committee officers were responsible for hosting card-making events for youth volunteers, sorting and packaging these cards, and delivering these cards to veterans and military families in VA hospitals and military installments. The spirit committee ultimately recruited 25 youth volunteers, who in turn wrote and created over 100 thoughtful cards.


In addition to the Holiday Mail from Heroes Campaign, the spirit committee also served the armed forces by walking in the San Jose Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2015. Youth volunteers wore Red Cross gear and pins and chanted together loudly to show the Red Cross’s support for militant families.

Red Cross club member Tanvee Sinha said, “Solely writing these cards and walking in the parade with my fellow Red Cross members was an incredible experience for me, since I really felt like I was contributing to something bigger.”


In the future, Silicon Valley Red Cross Youth hope to continue supporting militant families by expanding project reach and by increasing engagement with existing events.

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Land O’Lakes High School Red Cross Club Hosts Holiday Mail for Heroes Project

“We’ve been doing Holiday Mail for Heroes for a long time. It’s a great way to give back during the holiday season…and our club members understood that we were writing to people who have sacrificed a lot for our country,” says Mi Le, President of the Land O’Lakes High School Red Cross Club.

Last December, 26 Red Cross youth volunteers partnered with the National Honor Society to craft 97 cards for an annual American Red Cross campaign thanking military members, veterans, and their families. The success of this event inspired a Valentine’s Day card-making event, which generated another 26 cards.

Ralph Tauran and Nikhil Dutt design cards

Ralph Tauran and Nikhil Dutt design cards

 “We wanted to make individual, unique cards, instead of generic ones. We gathered anything we could find, brought materials to the club meeting, and brainstormed to craft some meaningful messages.” The Land O’Lakes club of Florida sought to show their gratitude and appreciation to heroes and make an impact on their community. Their handmade cards reflect their creativity, love, and thankful thoughts.

In addition to donating the cards to the Red Cross chapter in their area, club members also sent cards to Central Florida members of the U.S. Central Command Coalition at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.

Finished holiday cards from December event

Finished holiday cards from December event

“I loved having the opportunity to help people out and bring a smile to the faces of our servicemen and women, as well as children in my community,” says club officer Saloni Mehra. Their devotion to community service is inspiring.

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Volunteer Connection

Volunteer Connection