Due in part to a generous donation from Dominican Hospital, beginning and maintaining our Youth Initiative has become a priority for us this year.
So far, two Red Cross Clubs have been started in the county, one at UCSC and one at Pacific Collegiate High School.
Here’s some more information for you from our fantastic new intern, Carolyn.
Jump Starting the Youth Initiative
The Santa Cruz County Chapter will soon join the 660 Red Cross chapters across the nation that have a vibrant youth program in their communities. Through Red Cross clubs, school supported service organizations established in local schools or community centers, students work directly with the local chapter and become active volunteer staff, supporting the activities of the American Red Cross. This fall, the Santa Cruz chapter will begin efforts to instate high school and college level Red Cross Clubs.
Many districts require their students to complete hours of community and/or service projects before graduation. Youth clubs offer easy and fun opportunities for high school and college students to become active with the Red Cross. Student clubs assist in several service delivery activities:
-Organizing and hosting blood drives
-Educating others in disaster preparedness or disaster response
-Teaching and marketing First Aid and CPR classes for younger children
-International Red Cross/Red Crescent(ICRC)activities such as promoting international awareness of measles, malaria, and other diseases
Clubs have the potential to initiate fundraising efforts and become involved in chapter governance. Whatever the interest of the student, the Red Cross can offer practice in building skills for future career paths. Youth are given challenging projects in which they can grow and develop a sense of belonging and personal social responsibility to their community. Red Cross Clubs give students hands-on experience in leadership and team work while strengthening the available volunteer base. A youth volunteer is twice as likely to continue their support and donate their time and efforts when they are adults. These are the future leaders, donors, and active members who will remain loyal to the values and the mission of the American Red Cross.
Local involvement of youth promotes a wider diversity of volunteers. This allows for potential outreach to local ethnic communities that would otherwise be lost. Youth can more effectively identify community specific requirements for young people and produce programs which meet these needs. This allows the Red Cross to expand its reach and get the necessary help to more segments of the public. With fresh enthusiasm for current projects and a unique insight into new fundraising and service initiatives, youth have the capabilities to impact their community in a significant way.
For more information or questions, please visit http://www.myspace.com/redcrossscc or contact Donna Rodoni at 831-462-2881 x 23.
This Friday, July 13 we will be holding our Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The tournament will take place at the De Laveaga Golf Course, 1:00 p.m. shotgun, 11:30 a.m. registration.
Each registration includes a cart, lunch, golf game, BBQ dinner and awards ceremony. There will also be a silent auction held at the event. Registration fee is $175.00 per person.
Spots are still available; please call Kendra Cleary at 662-4565 for more information.