Youth Services Mission
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To inspire and empower
Central Maryland Youth through
dynamic programs, creative opportunities to serve, and specialized leadership training. As a result, youth and young adults will realize the mission of the American Red Cross by participating in:
School-based Programs
Leadership Development
International Initiatives
Youth-driven emergency preparedness programs

At the Central Maryland Chapter we are committed to our comprehensive Youth Program, serving our young peoples' needs and helping them to serve and meet their community's needs.

Youth participation in the American Red Cross started in our earliest days and was officially recognized in 1917 with the formation of the Junior Red Cross. The Junior Red Cross remained strong until the 1970s. Our chapter reignited the youth initiative in 1999 to include volunteer opportunities for individuals 24 and younger.

Young people have many talents and much enthusiasm to offer. The Red Cross believes that Youth have more leadership qualities and abilities than they are often given credit for. We also believe they are capable of shouldering more responsibility. Our chapter seeks to provide youth with opportunities that will allow them to expand to their fullest potential.


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