Local Youth Volunteer Named to Red Cross National Youth Council

August 23, 2011


The American Red Cross National Youth Council has selected Hanna Malak of San Mateo as a new youth member for a three-year term.

“As a new member to the council, I am excited to get started,” said Malak, a senior at Menlo College in Atherton.  “My goal is to promote both the Red Cross within my local and regional communities, and to increase interest in volunteer services among my peers.  While cultivating professional and personal development, I hope to make a positive impact by helping others experience the benefits of responsible service.”

The application process for the National Youth Council was highly competitive, with a large number of incredibly well-qualified candidates.  Applicants were asked to respond to a series of essay prompts followed by multiple rounds of interviews with existing members of the National Youth Council leadership team.  The members chosen exemplify some of the best the Red Cross has to offer and each is very excited to share their talents and make a greater impact in within the organization.

Malak began working with the Red Cross through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program.  Malak, a member of the Menlo College wrestling team, was one of 14 student athletes selected for this innovative program to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders.  Malak spent two weeks acquiring first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training, which was presented by senior leadership at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Malak also serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross’ Northern California Blood Services Region and founded the Red Cross Club at Menlo College.  Under his leadership, Menlo’s Red Cross Club nearly tripled blood donations in just one year.

About the National Youth Council

The American Red Cross National Youth Council is a group of 13 youth members and three adult advisers who work to better serve the youth volunteers at the Red Cross.  The council advocates for youth involvement throughout the organization, creates resources, and runs websites like redcrossyouth.org.  The council also strives to further the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross by empowering youth and young adult volunteers to become community and organizational leaders. To learn more about the National Youth Council, visit redcrossyouth.org/nyc/.

About the American Red Cross

The Northern California Blood Services Region of the Red Cross operates five blood donation centers and holds mobile blood drives throughout the Bay Area.  The region supplies blood to 29 Bay Area hospitals, and must collect more than 300 pints of blood each day in order to meet hospital needs.