Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth

About half of the volunteers of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are young people.

A special focus on young people is a crucial investment,  not only for today but also for the future. The safety and protection of young people in vulnerable circumstances must be addressed, taking into account their age- and gender-specific needs.

In their multiple roles as contributors – and acknowledging their skills as innovators, inter-cultural ambassadors and peer-to-peer facilitators – young people are educated, enabled and empowered to be active in leading and participating in voluntary activities and in the governance, management and services of their National Societies. To this end, we use non-formal approaches as well as specific training and skills development. These are underpinned by dedicated youth networks and structures. We also encourage young people to continue membership as adults.

Young people bring much-needed skills when working alongside the increasing numbers of older people in a spirit of mutual respect. This is crucial to the intergenerational transfer of experience that is vital to both progress and stability in society.

Learning, education and training

Find out more about courses, humanitarian education initiatives and other opportunities to learn about the world and your part in it.

World First Aid Day

The IFRC is the largest first aid educator and provider in the world. In 2014, over 15 million people were trained in skills that could save lives in an emergency.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Each year, 8 May – Henry Dunant’s birthday – gives us the chance to celebrate the amazing work of the Movement and its volunteers.

The Fundamental Principles

In a world with increasing isolation, tension and recourse to violence, it is clear that the Red Cross Red Crescent must champion the individual and community values which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to community problems.

Recent news stories

Whether it’s a charity run for orphans or an art club for refugees, teenagers all over Austria are encouraged to set their ideas in motion for the sake of people who need a hand.

10 October 2017

Four artists from the Red Noses Clowndoctors International are bringing laughter and greater understanding to children who have fled violence in Ukraine.

23 August 2017

“I believe that volunteering helps us build our communities, make them better and stronger.” Azamat Baialinov, President of the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan

12 August 2017
102 member of PMI Youth Volunteers participated in Youth Journalism activity during Youth Gathering.

Bas van Rossum says young people need to be more involved in the humanitarian actions that affect them. But that means giving them more power.

12 August 2017

Related documents


The purpose of this policy is to inform, guide and enhance the participation of young people in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation).

20 July 2017
Youth VIVA

Youth Network is a dynamic interconnected support system. It provides a platform for youth to interact, meet and remain in communication for mutual understanding, service to humanity and capacity building. This system facilitates the sharing of experience and consequently peer support amongst youth in National Societies.

31 May 2017
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During the Regional Training Workshop on “Youth Engagement in the Field of Drug Abuse ” held in Malindi, Kenya from 8th to 12th May 2017, we the youth volunteers of RC/RC from Kenya, South Africa, Seychelles NSs became aware of the importance of engaging ourselves in the drug abuse issue that all the countries in the world are facing.

30 May 2017
Protecting children on the move in Bangladesh

Navigating the muddy paths and hills of the Kutupalong settlement is a daily activity for 25 year old Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer, Tamjid Hossen Naim. He and a group of two dozen other youth volunteers provide psychosocial support to newly arriving People from Rakhine State in northern Myanmar.

29 May 2017