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Red Cross launches High School Leadership Program

High school students across the country can help patients in need by donating blood and platelets, volunteering at blood drives and donation centers, and recruiting new donors with the American Red Cross.

In turn, students can earn educational rewards for their community service as they get ready for post-secondary education or other opportunities.

The new High School Leadership Program, together with the existing Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship Program, focuses on educating, recognizing and rewarding youth for their support of the Red Cross and the hospitals and patients it serves.

Students have the opportunity to receive a college recommendation letter from a local Red Cross executive, a Red Cross red cord to wear at graduation, the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, and through the Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship program, earn scholarship money for their high school.

As much as 20 percent of Red Cross blood donations come from students. On average, about 15,000 pints of blood must be collected every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers. Young donors, 16 to 24 years of age, are the fastest-growing donor group within the Red Cross.

Thanks to the dedicated members of the High School Leadership Program, the Red Cross will help ensure supplies of blood products are readily available for patients in need.

The pints collected as a result of their efforts can potentially be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease sufferers and more.

The Red Cross encourages students, parents and teachers alike to learn more about the High School Leadership Program. Details are available at

To donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit