National Youth Involvement Month 2017

The National Youth Council has been excitedly counting down the days until November (also known as Red Cross National Youth Involvement Month), and it’s finally just around the corner!

What is National Youth Involvement Month (NYIM)?

NYIM is a national American Red Cross initiative that aims to bolster creativity and participation from Red Cross youth volunteers. It is a month dedicated to celebrating youth involvement, especially by shining a spotlight on excellent youth activities and by hosting youth events. The National Youth Council leads the creative process behind NYIM each year, and this year, they created the NYIM theme of Travel Beyond the Boundaries (#TBTB). Since we think all Red Cross youth volunteers go beyond the boundaries to create change, we encourage clubs to incorporate this theme into events during NYIM.

Learn more by watching this introductory video or by reading about the impacts of NYIM 2015, NYIM 2014, and NYIM 2013.

NYIM Recognition 2

In 2014, the American Red Cross at UCLA volunteered at Santa Monica for the ‪#‎HolidayMailforHeroes‬ Signing Party

Why Participate?

National Youth Involvement Month is an incredible opportunity for clubs across the country to showcase their unique projects and ideas on a national scale. By sharing your projects, your club members have the opportunity to organize projects that may be recreated by other clubs across the country.

In addition, all Red Cross Clubs participating in NYIM will receive recognition by the National Youth Council across on our communications mediums, including:

In 2014, University of Michigan Red Cross volunteers installed 24 fire alarms in two days, fundraised and blood battled Ohio State

In 2014, University of Michigan Red Cross volunteers installed 24 fire alarms in two days, fundraised and blood battled Ohio State


 Are You Ready to Get Involved?

  1. Register for NYIM to let the National Youth Council know that you are getting involved.
  2. Fill out our customizable NYIM Poster Template and share it on social media to spread awareness for youth involvement in the Red Cross!
  3. Throughout the month of November, we’ll be putting up posters on The American Red Cross Youth Facebook Groupwith ideas for activities that you and your club can do relating to the Red Cross spheres of service: International Services, Blood Services, Disaster Preparedness, Health and Safety, and Service to the Armed Forces. Plan a project that highlights youth volunteers supporting a Red Cross sphere of service. You can also check out our Activity Guides page for additional ideas.
  4. After completing your project, share your impact on The American Red Cross Youth Facebook Group and send a summary and photos of your project to Don’t forget to tag #TBTB and #NYIM so the National Youth Council can see what great work you are doing!

Now check out these throwback photos from NYIM 2014 and NYIM 2013 to get ideas for this year and to get excited!

The National Youth Council is counting down the days until November – we’re so excited to see what youth can do this year!

Need some final inspiration or resources?

  • Travel through our newly-made NYIM Video Poster in the spirit of our theme, Travel Beyond the Boundaries (#TBTB). Share this with your chapter youth as a fun, interactive activity.
  • Check out our custom-designed NYIM posters for the Health and SafetyBiomedical Services, and Services to the Armed Forces fields of service within the Red Cross. Print these out or send these to your local youth volunteers – either way they will serve as a great resource for easy ways to get involved or fun projects to try out within your clubs/chapters!
  • Take a look back at last year’s NYIM, #TeamRC, in our NYIM 2016 Report to see the impact that NYIM made in 2016! Share this with your local RC Youth to motivate them to get involved and contribute to the huge impact we’re making as well.

SIGN UP by clicking here, and start planning your event for NYIM 2017!

Now that NYIM 2017 is over, check out our NYIM Wrap Up 2017!

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