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Military youth invited to apply for American Red Cross Summer Youth Program

Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program Manager Kris Mather (right) and a Summer Youth Program participant celebrate the program's accomplishments during a closing ceremony in August 2023. Photo credit: The American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross Northwest Region is seeking dedicated young individuals who are eager to make a difference to participate in its Summer Youth Program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

This is a unique program that allows teens exposure to the workplace, experience in a medical setting, and the opportunity to give back to the military community by volunteering their time during the summer within Madigan Army Medical Center. If selected, participants will be placed in participating departments and clinics within Madigan Army Medical Center and will help fulfill volunteer roles.

"We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our program this year to accommodate more youth than ever before," said Kris Mather, program manager for the American Red Cross Northwest Region Service to the Armed Forces. "This year, we're opening new doors, embracing fresh opportunities, and nurturing the growth of our nation's young heroes."

The Summer Youth Program will begin July 8, 2024, and will conclude on August 22, 2024, with a Youth Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Participants will volunteer a minimum of eight hours a week and a maximum of 40 a week with the assigned department/clinic for a minimum of five weeks out of the six-week program. It is important to remember that spaces are limited and are based on the number of volunteers requested by hospital personnel; therefore, all applications must be completed and submitted by June 10, 2024.

To be eligible for this enriching opportunity, applicants must be between the ages of 14 to 17 and possess a valid Military ID Card. Additionally, candidates must commit to a minimum of five weeks of service, contributing eight hours per week. This program is an excellent chance for youth to gain valuable experience, learn new skills, and give back to their military community.

Interested individuals looking to apply for the American Red Cross Summer Youth Program can submit their application via email. To do so, send a paper application, along with a letter of recommendation and an essay, to It's important to ensure that the email subject line reads "Youth Program 2024" to guarantee proper handling of the application.

All submissions must be received no later than June 10, 2024. Please note that applications sent after this deadline will not be considered. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in meaningful volunteer work, and the Red Cross encourages all eligible candidates to apply.

For inquiries about the application process, representatives at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Red Cross Office are available for assistance. They can be reached by phone at (253) 967-6571 or via email at Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out should they need further clarification on the program's application requirements or additional information.

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