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Youth are a big part of the Red Cross mission.  There are many areas in which a young person can volunteer and bring preparedness training to their community.  Programs that we offer our youth volunteers fall in any of our 5 lines of service…



Safe Kids- Youth volunteers teach life-saving skills to children ages 7 through 12 through Basic Aid Training (BAT), CPR and First Aid classes and Disaster Preparedness workshops. To see schedule of the next training click here.


Tommy the Safety Cat- Our youth volunteers can teach a fun and easy way for young children to learn safety and first aid in storybook fashion.


CPR & First Aid-Classes are offered for youth 12 years and older.



Youth Response Corps- As trained disaster responders for the American Red Cross, youth volunteers have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the Chapter’s Disaster Services staff.


Disaster Preparedness Puppet Show-Our volunteers perform live puppet shows that incorporate Sesame Street characters learning disaster preparedness.


Disaster Services- Our young adult volunteers can volunteer with our Disaster Services department in community disaster education, disaster preparedness, and disaster response.  In the event of a big disaster, we are trained to work in shelters and help those in need (ages 18 and up only) 



Exploring Humanitarian Law(EHL)- EHL is a teacher curriculum and peer education program that reaches out to middle and high school students to discuss humanitarian values.


Measles/Malaria Initiative-Youth volunteers help fundraise for this initiative because it is a long-term commitment to control measles deaths in Africa.


Services to the Armed Forces

Youth volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer at the Veterans Affair hospital, write letters to the armed forces and/or prepare comfort kits.


Youth Programs

Holiday Project- Community organizations, schools and businesses participate in a toy drive. After collecting toys, high school youth volunteers host a holiday party in December for children from local community agencies and homeless shelters.


Leadership Development Center(LDC)-LDC is a one-week camp, in Yucaipa, CA, in August where youth delegates expand their leadership skills and knowledge.


Youth Council Meetings-Our program holds youth council meetings for all our youth volunteers the first Friday of every month from 4pm-5pm. Volunteers get a chance to meet other youth, they are given our monthly calendar and hear about our updates for our upcoming activities.


Red Cross Clubs-Our volunteers have the opportunity to be part of or start their own Red Cross Club at their school.

For more information on these programs contact Priya Sodha at (562) 595-6341 ext 238 or

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