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Leadership Development Center Encourages Youth to Get Involved
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By Caitlin Cobb, Marketing/PR Intern, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
July 15, 2009

The Red Cross remains devoted to empowering youth to become more proactive leaders in preparedness and disaster response. The Leadership Development Center (LDC) is one way to effectively reach local youths and encourage them to become involved with the Red Cross.

Cristina Cortes, community preparedness specialist, helps lead planning for the LDC and ensures that all students leave with a better knowledge and understanding of Red Cross goals and values. The camp will be held from August 15 – 17 and is open to all high school students. This year, the conference will be held in partnership with the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek in the South Bay Area.

“Through LDC we hope to empower high school students,” Cortes said. “Using Red Cross standards we want to empower these individuals to become more proactive leaders and have a better understanding of safety, preparedness, diversity, international relations and humanitarianism.” 

Students generally learn about the LDC through Red Cross clubs at their schools, word of mouth, or the chapter Web site. Any students are welcome to attend for a fee of $185. In addition to being open to the public, the conference remains completely youth driven. 

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