Red Cross Summer Youth Leadership Conferences are underway across the North Jersey Region where more than 80 high school students will participate in four days of activities to develop leadership skills and learn about emergency preparedness.
This week students at the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong learned life-saving skills. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED course trained students how to properly administer CPR and utilize an AED to provide immediate care during a cardiac or breathing emergency until medical personal arrive. Students also learned how to respond to common first aid emergencies including cuts; burns; head, neck and spinal injuries.
“In addition to CPR training, the conferences offer students the opportunity to develop skills in effective leadership, communication, project planning and diversity awareness through a variety of activities during the week,” said Michelle Esposito, director of volunteer services with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region.
Each conference includes the following courses:
Government Relations and Civic Responsibility provides students with the tools to make effective change within their communities.
Be Red Cross Ready teaches students how to prepare for disasters.
Exploring Humanitarian Law during which students learn about the Geneva Conventions by engaging in hands-on activities, thought provoking discussions and exploring the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime.
Exploring Cultural Diversity helps students build critical thinking skills as they analyze complex questions.
Students also learn how to start a Red Cross Club at their schools by developing a Constitution and learning how to run meetings. Additionally, they will be trained in programs that they can use to become Red Cross ambassadors in their communities.
Youth Leadership Conferences continue in Montclair from July 28 – 31 and in Princeton from August 4 – 7.
VIEW PHOTOS from the Summer Youth Leadership Conferences.