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Today’s agenda The International Red Cross Movement American Red Cross at a glance What does the American Red Cross do? Cold hard questions – Red Cross Jeopardy! …with lots of fun in between!
The Scope of International Red Cross Movement The Movement is made up of almost 97 million volunteers, supporters, and staff in 186 countries. Major structures: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) –186 national member societies –A general secretariat in Geneva –60 delegations strategically located to support key initiatives International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Youth Volunteers on the International Scene The International Federation Youth Commission promotes youth activities around the world Youth volunteers are involved in: -Peer programs -Advocacy campaigns to reduce violence/discrimination -Relief operations and much more!
Fulfilling our Mission helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies through services that are consistent with the seven fundamental principles.
American Red Cross At a Glance The American Red Cross is volunteer led, at all levels. The Board of Governors members are volunteers. For every staff manager, there is a volunteer partner. –Chapter: Chair of Disaster Response (volunteer) and Manager of Disaster Response (staff) They work together to deliver Red Cross services and help their communities.
American Red Cross At a Glance The American Red Cross consists of a network of blood regions, chapters, and SAF stations Chapters are designated as “community chapters” or “regional chapters.” Community chapters -> regional chapters -> divisions -> NHQ
Youth Involvement Model Clubs Youth Council Chapter
Youth Involvement at the local level Models of youth involvement: No formal structure ( youth volunteers supporting the implementation of various initiatives at the chapter) Red Cross School Club (s) associated with the chapter Formal youth program (with a designated youth director or advisor)
What does the American Red Cross do? The American Red Cross assists local communities in five distinctive “lines of service”
American Red Cross Lines of Service International Services
General Facts The Measles/Malaria Initiative EHL/ IHL
American Red Cross Lines of Service Blood Services
General Facts About Blood At least one of every ten hospital patients requires a blood transfusion Volunteer blood donors contribute 98% of blood and blood components transfused in this country Each year, some 4 million people give approximately 6.5 million blood donations through the Red Cross Approximately 20% of donated blood is youth blood
How Can You Help? Donate Blood! To be eligible you must be: -17 years or older (16 years old in certain states with parental permission) -at least 110 pounds -Be in good health Sponsor a blood drive - Find a suitable location - Help recruit donors and publicize the drive - Schedules donors for the drive
American Red Cross Lines of Service Service to the Armed Forces
General Facts Links members of the U.S. Armed Forces to their families Facilitates emergency communication from families to service members Serves 1.4 active military duty personnel and their families
Work of Service to the Armed Forces 1.Emergency Communications and Financial Assistance 2.Serving Ill and Injured Service Members, Veterans and their Families 3.Red Cross Support for Military Members and Families Overseas 4.Assisting Family Members
How Can You help? Staff phone lines to help families stay connected Receive messages from service men and families Provide support for the wounded military personnel in veteran hospitals
American Red Cross Lines of Service Disaster Services
General Facts The American Red Cross responds to more than 67,000 disasters, which turns out to be about 150 house fires per day. Youth have served an important part in disaster response, especially Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
How can youth be involved? Disaster Action Teams Who is involved? What it takes?
Youth in Disaster Manual Official guideline that streamlines the process of involving youth into disaster services Disaster Action Teams, DSHR System, Shelter Operations, Service Centers, Call Centers, Mass Care, Warehouse Distribution
American Red Cross Lines of Service Health & Safety
General Facts The American Red Cross prepares volunteers to save lives through Health and Safety education and training, such as: –CPR/First Aid –Water Safety –Disaster Preparedness –Babysitting Classes
So…the Red Cross gives you five lines of service, and an infinite number of ways, through which you can change a life.
Which Red Cross lines of service are your favorites?
Final Jeopardy The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took court action against the American Red Cross in response to deficiencies in their tracking and procedures for ensuring the safety of the blood supply. The consent decree outlines some of the violations of federal law that the American Red Cross engaged in before 1993.  Fines were imposed in the millions of dollars.