Red Cross representatives attend youth conference in Austria

Topics: Worldwide, Youth
April 03, 2013

Red Cross representatives attend youth conference in Austria

Engaging within communities and around the world by volunteering with a charity like the Canadian Red Cross provides youth with the opportunity to learn, while also gaining experience.

As one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations, the Canadian Red Cross offers a myriad of opportunities to youth in the country who are eager to help make a difference in the lives of those who are vulnerable.

They can also build valuable friendships and develop leadership skills - something that the youth who participated at the Global Youth Conference in Vienna, Austria, were lucky to have experienced.

From Canada to Austria
Held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, the Global Youth Conference in Vienna attracted more than 170 youth volunteers from 95 National Societies of the Red Cross, including Amy Mapara and Sam VanderVeer, who attended the event as youth representatives for the Canadian Red Cross.

The event, which was organized by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as the Austrian Red Cross, was intended to drive awareness of the importance of youth involvement in promoting humanitarian values and to develop more effective strategies for engaging youth.

Both Amy and Sam have important roles with the Canadian Red Cross - Amy helps oversee the Canadian Red Cross' overall youth strategy, while Sam serves as the chair of Canadian Red Cross National Youth Engagement Advisory Committee.

Along with other youth volunteers who attended the four-day conference, Amy and Sam took part in activities centered on the event's core themes of youth as innovative forces, beneficiaries and leaders within the Red Cross. 

Learn more today
If a young person in your life is interested in getting involved with the Canadian Red Cross, contact your local Red Cross office to see what types of volunteer opportunities are available.

You can also show your support today by choosing to donate to the Canadian Red Cross online. Each donation helps to fund humanitarian work that the Canadian Red Cross carries out across the country and internationally.

Section Widgets