Leaders for Life
An American Red Cross program to provide recognition to high school donors in the Southern California Blood Services Region and help instill a lifelong commitment to blood donation.
Welcome to the American Red Cross Leaders for Life program created exclusively for Southern California high schools. The purpose of this program is to provide recognition to high school blood donors and instill a lifelong commitment to blood donation.
High school students play a critical role in maintaining Southern California's blood supply. Each year, more than 30,000 pints of life-saving blood are collected at local high schools, helping save many thousands of lives. High schools also provide the greatest source of first time donors and are critical in creating future generations of blood donors.
The Leaders for Life program is designed to bring together high school donors and patients in Southern California hospitals. The goals of the program are to:
- Increase the number of high school blood drives held each year
- Promote blood donation among our youth
- Provide leadership and education opportunities
- Promote community spirit competition between high schools
- Schedule your blood donation appointment online
or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
- Find out about sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive by contacting your American Red Cross representative or call 1-800-491-2113.
- Learn about eligiblity requirements and download consent forms required for student blood donors.
- Download the Leaders for Life Brochure 2012-2013 and share with your school leadership.
- Tell us why you give and share your story or see stories from other blood donors.
- Visit our blood donor community to play games, send eCards, download avatars and banners, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr.
- Learn more ways to get others involved.
$1,000 Scholarship Guaranteed if 450+ Units Are Collected!1
Every Participating High School Gets Cool Stuff:
|Recuitment Team T-shirts|
|Gift for Every Donor|
|T-shirts for Every Donor in All Sizes 2|
|$500 Drawing for Club Activities 3|
|$250 Gift Card Drawing for Teachers for School-Related Activity 3|
|$1,000 Scholarship Drawing for Recruitment Team 4|
|Drawings for CADA Convention for Teachers or other School Activity
- Up to $750 Value 5
1 Annually from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
2 Size choices available while supplies last
3 Drawings in May; 6 winners total and drives must be confirmed through June 30
4 Drawings in May; 18 winners total; submit up to 10 students' names to Red Cross Account Manager by April 30, 2012
5 CADA Convention or other school activity; 6 winners total
Teresa Del Rio Award
The Teresa Del Rio Award was established in honor of Teresa Del Rio, an American Red Cross Youth Volunteer, blood donor, and the daughter of Anna and Fernando Del Rio.
In 1999, Teresa was picking up some friends when a gunman opened fire on her car. A bullet hit Teresa in the torso. She was immediately rushed to the hospital where she underwent surgery and received 14 units of blood. Tragically, Teresa did not survive.
This award honors Teresa’s memory and celebrates her love, energy and passion for helping others by recognizing high school students whose hard work and focus help to increase blood donations at their high school’s blood drives.
Here are some amazing facts:
- Each year, blood collected at local high schools helps save lives.
- Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Only three percent of Southern California’s eligible population donates blood. That’s not enough.
- More than 34 percent of the blood American Red Cross provides local hospitals is imported from other parts of the country. We need to collect more locally.
- Twenty percent of blood recipients are children. That means on average, more than 250 children need blood daily in Southern California hospitals.
- American Red Cross needs to provide approximately 1,100 units of blood each day to meet local patient needs.
Your time and dedication can help the American Red Cross:
- The Red Cross Supplies 45% of the blood for the United States and more than 60% of the blood for Southern California.
- We respond to 67,000 disasters each year-from wildfires to house fires to floods.
In addition to providing blood, the American Red Cross:
- Trains 12 million people a year in life-saving skills like CPR and water safety.
- Relays 4,000 messages per day between military members and their families.
The circuitry of giving
Each time you encourage others to give blood, new donors become a "base" for a lifetime of life-saving blood donations.