The Red Cross Youth is one of the six major services of the Philippine Red Cross.

Its mission is to educate and empower the children and youth in the spirit of Red Cross through constructive trainings and effective leadership, and provide opportunities for directing and harnessing their energy and idealism into worthwhile humanitarian activities.

Major Objectives

1. Advocacy and inculcation of humanitarian values and character building. 2. Protection of life and promotion of community health. 3. Service and solidarity. 4. National/International friendship, understanding and education for peace. 5. Dissemination of the Red Cross 7 fundamental principles and IHL.


A proposal to associate young people with the Red Cross by the Ladies Committee of Monrovia was submitted to the Vth International Conference of the Red Cross in 1892. This proposal was turned down which shows that it had to take time for this idea to gain grounds. However, on national level, several successful attempts had been made to involve young people in Red Cross work. In the Netherlands during the Franco-Prussian War, school children made bandages out of old linen. In Canada, during the Boer War, School children worked for Red Cross under the title Maple Leaf. In the United States of America, children and young people helped the American Red Cross alleviate the suffering of the San Francisco earthquake victims. All in a span of 36 years. From the beginning of World War I in several countries, young people were involved in the efforts of the Red Cross to bring assistance to war victims. By 1918, youth sections were organized in Canada, Australia, Italy and USA. The creation of the former League and now International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1919 and the increased emphasis on peacetime activities of the Red Cross that motivate the setting up of a coordinating body of national societies, contributed to a great extent to the rapid success and expansion of the youth program of the Red Cross. In 1921, Youth sections were created in 8 more countries: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. This was followed the following year by France, Japan, Romania, and Sweden. It was in 1922 that the Youth Program of the Red Cross was officially recognized and supported by Resolution No XVIII adopted by the General Council of the League of Red Cross Societies. Finally, the Youth Bureau was created in 1923.

000 public and private elementary and secondary schools. Schools join by class or section with a membership fee of PHP2. In October 1946. the first JRC enrolment campaign under the new Philippine Republic was conducted in October 1946. it included Junior Red Cross (JRC .00 per class. A total of 898. Brief History and Development of RCY in the Philippines When the Philippines Board became the chapter of the American Red Cross in 1917. there were 184 dental clinics all over the country. Until such time during the Second Conference for the Educators which restated the three point program adding Dissemination of Red Cross Ideals and International Humanitarian Law as its fourth objective. In 1935. From 1922 until the outbreak of World War II in 1941. After the liberation. Enrolment of elementary school children in JRC was on a group basis. The Director of Education (Now Secretary of Education. 495. The decade 19611970 recorded an increase in the JRC enrolment from 3 to 4 million members from 12.035 given treatment. The adoption of the program for college student on January 28. Activities carried out in school were along the lines of health. Other pressing resolutions followed from then on to the present with the Board of Governors fully aware of the indispensability of young people within the movement. Culture and Sports) who was elected chairman of JRC.former name of the youth program) among its activities. 51 countries had JRC sections with a total membership of 15 million with a three point program bringing the motto "I serve".333 children were inspected. directed the work of 6. the JRC dental service was formally turned over to the government. the JRC dental service became the major program with school children contributing 30 centavos each as their annual membership fee and in return they received an American JRC pin. LORETO PARAS SULIT as Editor and at the same time Director of Junior Red Cross. and international friendship.086 of which had defective teeth and 108. From then on. 1969 solved the problem of young people who would want to continue serving through the Red Cross after graduation from .000 children in JRC in the schools of Manila.Expansion of the RCY Program to young people outside the schools or other than those attending educational institution were embodied in one of the General Councils` resolution. By 1941. service. In 1948 the Philippine Junior Red Cross Magazine was published with Mrs. it has become an integral part of child health in the Philippines. JRC activities included the sewing of comfort articles and making surgical dressings for soldiers at war and planting vegetables in school gardens. The First World Conference of Educators was convened in Paris aimed at strengthening the participation of the teaching profession in the young program of the Red Cross and emphasized the supplementary teaching role of the Red Cross in schools.

In the Red Cross. . Junior Red Cross members are elementary students whose age ranges from 7 to 12. The change in name of the program from Junior Red Cross (JRC) to Red Cross Youth (RCY) was approved by the Board on March 31. one maybe considered a member without paying any fee. but proper coordination and series of meetings with DECS officials. The program of the high school students were the same as that of the elementary students. organizing and training JRC members in the school or institution. However. Red Cross Youth Volunteer . Categories of Membership Junior Red Cross Youth (JRCY) . There was no clear delineation of responsibilities nor with the activities. Membership Red Cross Youth Member .a member of the Red Cross Youth who has undergone basic orientation about the Red Cross Youth and The Red Cross in general. Senior Red Cross Youth (SRCY) . 1970.Originally. Another new important program which was approved by the Board to include not only school children but also young people both in and out of school until 25 years of age.In other organizations. A JRC member may become a volunteer at the same time but a volunteer can not become a member unless he pays his membership fee.00). general membership fee is P35. the Red Cross Youth High School belongs to the JRC category of the Red Cross Youth Program.high school. They are formed into school council with the active JRC Adviser as their guide and adult leader who facilitates and assist the council in recruiting.any youth who has paid the annual membership dues for the Red Cross Youth. the PRC considers as members those who contribute to the fund campaign and those who donate blood but their contribution are not considered membership fee. teachers and even the parents are to be done in order to the local Red Cross chapters to have opportunities to explain the components of the membership fee and where this goes. The youth arm of the Philippine Red Cross has always been registered under a class enrolment concept. It aimed at developing the spirit of humanitarianism and social service through active and direct involvement in Red Cross activities. in the PRC Youth Program. one becomes a member after paying the membership fee (at present. School authorities assist the Red Cross in the collection of membership fee in school.

they would no longer be called JRC members but instead Senior Red Cross Youth. and Development) program of San Pablo City. specialization. Other Categories (by rank. l969. The proposal to change came up due to the supposed negative connotation being given to the term "OS-RCY". through learning about its principles and tasks. for they come to the Red Cross not only to learn to get. And so. l969. . they have become Red Cross volunteers of the same value as the adult members. However. College Red Cross Youth (CRCY) . in a Board meeting held on 5 October l993. the Board of Governor approved the separation of the high school students from the JRC category. Ability. The aim is to train the youth to serve themselves and their families through the Red Cross and use their time by learning a trade for their livelihood. but also to actively participate in the life of the Red Cross. Its primary aim is to develop among the students the spirit of humanitarianism and social service through active and direct involvement in Red Cross activities. i. This particular category of the youth program was known before as the Out-of-School Red Cross Youth (OS-RCY). to render services where needed.Red Cross offers services not only to those in schools but also to the young professionals and community based youth. With that. According to information received by the Youth Bureau of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.The Red Cross Program for college students was approved by the Board on January 28. Education. Community Red Cross Youth (CommRCY) . "learning through action". A Leadership Training Course was adopted and patterned after the LEAD (Leadership. or title) -National Youth Council Red Cross Youth Volunteers who are elected as coordinators of their respective areas during the biennial national gathering (National Youth Congress). the Red Cross program has grown much wider partly because new trends in educational methods favored participation of young people in action. In January 1995. In view of this. a step higher than the JRC and a step lower than the College RCYs. it was approved that there shall be a change in nomenclature: from Out-of-School to Community Red Cross Youth.e. the need to reclassify the high school students and create activities that suits their age level was identified and addressed by the PRC. The program for Community Red Cross Youth was approved by the Board on July 20. and recently also in planning and decision making and because young Red Cross members have gradually become more than just recipients of direct educational programs. The Youth have identified themselves more and more with the ideas of the Red Cross.This caused a problem! The high school students are too old for program being offered to the elementary students and yet they are young for the activities being done by the college students. -Chapter Youth Council Red Cross Youth Volunteers who are elected as coordinators of the school councils within their respective chapter's areas of jurisdiction.

-RCY DRT Trainer Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed a DRT Trainers Course. -HAPE Educator Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed an Educators Course for HIV ± AIDS Prevention and Education. They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth to conduct a dissemination session on Drug Abuse Prevention and Education (DAPE). They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth and the Social Services to conduct Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing for the youth. They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth and the Disaster Management Services to conduct Disaster Management Trainings for the youth.-School/Community RCY Council Red Cross Youth Volunteers who are elected as officers of their respective school or community Red Cross Youth Councils. They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth to conduct or facilitate the different Red Cross Youth Training Courses. They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth to conduct a dissemination session on HIV ± AIDS Prevention and Education (HAPE). They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth and the IHL Office to conduct a dissemination session on IHL in schools. -RCY IHL Disseminator Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed the Training of Disseminators for IHL. (CISD) Programs & Services Annual International Youth Friendship -Exchange Project is a youth cooperation project betwwen the Japanese JRC/RCY Division and . -National Trainer Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed the Red Cross Youth National Trainers Training. -DAPE Educator Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed an Educators Course for Drug Abuse Prevention and Education. -RCY Debriefer Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed a Critical Incidence Stress Debriefers Course. They are authorized by the Red Cross Youth to conduct or facilitate the different Red Cross Youth Leadership Training Courses. -Leadership Trainer Red Cross Youth Volunteers who has undergone and successfully completed a Red Cross Youth Trainers Training on Leadership.

Visayas and Mindanao islands. The congress. with intensified youth membership. National RCY Advisers' League Conference -A national biennial gathering of active and registered Chapter Youth Council Advisers from the Philippine Red Cross Chapters nationwide. This month-long celebration is mainly designed to intensify promotion of the RCY programs though the tri-media with the active participation of the Red Cross Youth Star Volunteers and motivate more and more young people to join the Red Cross Youth organization. The school distribution is the entry point for a more comprehensive program of youth interaction and international exhange of correspondence between the two societies. The Congress venue is selected alternately within Luzon. which is highly participatory. They usually meet every quarter to discuss and plan for relevant and productive National RCY activities. The JFAP will also give them opportunity to practice their learned knowledge and skills in their school clinics through coordination of possible duty schedules with the school administration. plan out strategies and methodologies to further improve the structure and performance of the Red Cross Youth Councils in the shools and in the communities. throuh the Manager. The program also involves the actual exchange of RCY members between Japan and the Philippines through the annual "Mt. Red Cross Youth Month -A special time to make the public more aware of the Red Cross Youth activities at the National Headquarters and in the chapters. where they share experiences and best practices among themselves and undertake. National Youth Congress -The highest deliberative body of the Red Cross Youth. is responsible in facilitating the regular and Executive Council Meeting of the National Youth Council Officers. Fuji International Youth Exchange" held every November. and sports equipment to select schools. is designed to draw the youth's interest in bringing out the best in them. . As designated also on the Ten Most Outstanding Red Cross Youth members from the chapters who excel in leadership and other fields of humanitarian services.the Philippine Red Cross Youth Red Cross Youth Department involving selection of vulnerable public elementary schools in the Philippines and distribution by the Japanese RCY members of school supplies to pupils and students. which is convened biennially with qualified chapter RCY officers and members (15-25 years old) in attendance from all over the country in order to discuss relevant strategies and plans to continually intensify quality leadership among RCY and develop youth programs for the future. Junior First Aiders' Program -An institutionalized program with an exclusive set of trainings activities for Junior Red Cross members (elementary students) aims to develop or enhance the potentials of Junior Red Cross Youth members to become good leaders and train them on how to administer Basic First Aid. National Youth Council Meeting -The Red Cross Youth Department.

advocating for. It is a group of young blood givers where members. innovativeness/creativity or ability to use technology. HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. Ten Most Outstanding Red Cross Youth -An annual search for outstanding Red Cross Youth volunteers who have rendered unselfish service of excellence to the Philippine Red Cross. with the vulnerable people in the communities. promotion of the 6 major services of the Philippine Red Cross. The general criteria of this award are: Impact of the different projects to the community. participation of the youth/youth mobilization. Leadership Formation Course. these volunteers undergo same qualifying trainings on leadership and commit to promote and endorse the youth programs of the Red Cross in tri-media. Basic Leadership Training. and support the fund generation initiatives of NHQ and the chapters. they will be joining other blood donors' group as : Blood Galloners' Club of the National Blood Services (NBS) for their regular and continuous blood donation.Red Cross Youth Deparmtent (RCY) in support of the drive on voluntary blood donation.Children Involved in Arm Conflict. Principles of Red Cross and of the Red Cross Youth Objectives. Pledge 25 -A project of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) . It aims to recognize the volunteers for their invaluable support and contributions to the PRC through the Red Cross Youth Programs. leadership enhancement indoor sessions. Drug Abuse Prevention Education and International Humanitarian Law . Most Outstanding Chapter Youth Council -A national recognition on how a Chapter Youth Council can make a difference by way of providing service to. Training . after being motivated to become voluntary blood donors. After this period. is a 5-day camping for Junior and Senior Red Cross Youth members (9 to 16 years old) to enjoy the wonders of nature and enrichment of teamwork experience through wholesome outdoor games and other environment-friendly competitions. National Youth Camp -Also known as the SuperCamp Philippines. and opinion-sharing over vital youth issues. As role models for the Red Cross Youth. Youth Instructors' Training Course -A crucial youth activity participated in by RCY members (17-25 years old) who wish to become Youth Instructors for Leadership and are certified to capably conduct RCY trainings such as Youth Volunteer Orientation Course.Red Cross Youth Star Volunteers -A special group of wholesome celebrity from the entertainment industry screened by the Youth Committee. will pledge to regularly donate blood 3 to 4 times a year starting the age of 18 until they reach 25 years old.

*http://www.redcross. Drug Abuse Preventive Education (DAPE) -A basic dissemination course aimed to provide proper education on the prevention of drug . this course hinges on the idea that for us to love the organization that we are in. in a trainer's course prospective trainers must know and understand in details the various facets of the Red Cross Movement. people must first understand what the Red Cross is. we must know the details of the organization in which we are part Courses Youth Volunteer Orientation Course (YVOC) -The course aim to acquaint the future volunteers with the details of the Red Cross Movement and create pride on their part for being involved in a worldwide Movement for Humanity. Thus the Red Cross as well to be respected. Respect press opposes knowledge. clarify and re-assesses their values and integrating Red Cross Youth corporate values to further increase leadership ideals. Pledge 25 Donor Orientation -This half-day orientation aims to provide basic information about Pledge 25 and Voluntary Blood Donation of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) which focus on the importance of blood donation and the role of youth blood donors. Leadership Formation Course (LFC) -The course aims to prepare youth participantsin becoming full-fledged members through assessing ones strengths and weaknesses. -This course is recommended to be discussed in all categories of membership. HIV/AIDS Prevention Education (HAPE) -A basic dissemination course aimed to provide proper education on the prevention of HIV and AIDS. However. The course also provide activities and group dynamics to further increase social relations and understanding their needs and interest that will motivate them. Voluntary blood donation needs youth participation and this orientation will be a valuable source of information for potential blood donors especially for the young. -Likewise. If need be test the participants understanding by creating activities wherein they have to show off their knowledge on Red Cross Matters. inherently.

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