PRINCETON, NJ - The American Red Cross New Jersey Region will host a series of Youth Leadership Conferences this summer, with the first four-day event occurring July 10 - 13 in Summit. Other conferences will be held in Ocean, Princeton and Sewell. Each four-day conference runs Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to students entering grades 9 through 12. Student attendees will receive a certificate for 24 hours of community service.

“Youth are the future of American Red Cross,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “In addition to learning life-safe CPR skills, students will realize the capacity of their potential by participating in empowering activities designed to equip them with the skills and tools to become successful young leaders in our communities.”

Participants will receive Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. The 'Be Red Cross Ready' course teaches students how to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies. Students will also complete leadership activities that will help them explore cultural diversity, learn the importance of teamwork and identify different leadership styles. A hands-on 'Raid Cross' simulation that teaches the principles of International Humanitarian Law and information about how to start a Red Cross Club, are also included at each four-day conference.

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Red Cross Youth Leadership Conferences will be offered at the following locations:

July 10 - July 13 / Summit
American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

July 17 - July 20 / Ocean
American Red Cross, 1540 West Park Avenue, Suite 5

July 31 – August 3 / Princeton
American Red Cross, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 101

August 21 - August 24 / Sewell
American Red Cross, 3 Parke Place Boulevard

The cost of a conference is $150 and lunch and snacks are provided. Availability is limited and spaces fill up quickly. For more information or to register, visit