Red Cross Holds Summer Youth Leadership Conferences

Students learn about the mission of the Red Cross from Regional CEO Mathieu Nelessen.

Students learn about the mission of the Red Cross from Regional CEO Mathieu Nelessen.

More than 80 high school students attended Red Cross North Jersey Region Youth Leadership Conferences this summer with the final conference wrapping up today in Princeton. Students participated in four days of activities to develop leadership skills and learn about emergency preparedness at conferences held in Summit, Netcong, Montclair and Princeton.

Students at the Youth Leadership Conferences learned life-saving skills. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED course trained

A student practices using an AED during the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong.

A student practices using an AED during the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong.

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 included the following courses:

Government Relations and Civic Responsibility provided students with the tools to make effective change within their communities.

Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia speaks with students in Montclair about government.

Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia speaks with students in Montclair about government.

Be Red Cross Ready taught students how to prepare for disasters.

Exploring Humanitarian Law during which students learned 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 helped students build critical thinking skills as they analyzed complex questions.

Summit participants during a creative-thinking exercise.

Summit participants during a creative-thinking exercise.

Students also learned how to start a Red Cross Club at their schools by developing a Constitution and learning how to run meetings. Additionally, they were trained in programs that they can use to become Red Cross ambassadors in their communities.

 

VIEW PHOTOS from the Youth Leadership Conferences.

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