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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find all of the answers to commonly asked questions about the High School Leadership Program. If you’re unable to find what you need, please feel free to contact us by email at HighSchoolLeadership@redcross.org. Complete terms and conditions apply for rewards through the High School Leadership Program.

  • Do I have to register or create a profile online to participate?

    Yes. Students must set up a profile through leader.redcrossblood.org and provide some basic information to participate in the program.

  • My graduation year isn’t listed, can I still enroll?

    Thanks for your interest in the High School Leadership Program! We’re sorry to say that we are ending the program after the 2019 graduating class. If you haven’t yet registered for the program and you are graduating in 2018 or 2019, please make sure to complete your enrollment by November 1, 2017 to earn your rewards!

  • What are the program requirements?

    The High School Leadership Program has two levels of achievement. Students can work to achieve the following rewards:

    • Red Cross Red Cord: Donate three units of blood, platelets or double red cells to earn your Red Cross Red Cord for graduation. If you’re unable to donate, you can refer 5 new donors to donate on your behalf to earn your cord.

    • Recommendation Letter: Complete the requirements for a Red Cross Red Cord, volunteer eight (8) hours of service with the Red Cross and recruit five (5) donors to donate blood or platelets through the Red Cross to earn your recommendation letter. These donors must be new (first-time) donors or have not donated in at least three (3) years. Referrals may only be reported once and cannot be reported by any other program member. They are subject to review and must be verified in the Red Cross system using the information provided at the time of submission.

  • What is the Leaders Save Lives Program? Is it the same?
    • The Leaders Save Lives Program is a program that provides students who host blood drives an opportunity to win a college scholarship and earn gift cards. You can view full details at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.
    • If you participate in the Leaders Save Lives Program, you can report your qualifying blood drive and receive an automatic upgrade 1 level in the High School Leadership Program!
  • Can I become a member of the program before I’m old enough to donate blood?

    Yes! You can enroll to participate in the High School Leadership Program at any point during your high school career. You can choose to work toward the volunteer and donor recruitment requirements until you have reached the minimum age requirement for donation.

  • What happens if I want to participate in the program I’m not able to donate blood?
    • If you are ineligible or unable to donate for any reason, you may substitute the donation requirements with the recruitment of five unique, first-time donors. The same rules apply as listed above in the Level 3 requirements. These referrals should be recorded under the Referrals section of your dashboard. If you are working toward achieving a recommendation letter, you will need to submit a total of 10 referrals.
    • You may also choose to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive. For complete details, visit the program website at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.
  • Can I donate double red cells or platelets instead of whole blood?

    Yes. Any donation procedure is eligible to qualify as part of the program. Whole blood and platelet donations will count as one (1) unit toward your three (3) needed donations. Double red cell donations will count as two (2) units toward your three (3) needed donations.

  • Can I report donations that I completed before joining the program?

    Yes. Any blood, platelet or double red cell donations made through the Red Cross after January 1, 2013 can be reported as an achievement, regardless of when you joined the program.

  • What are the requirements for a referral?

    To qualify for a referral as part of the High School Leadership Program, a donor must fit the following criteria:

    • Must be a new donor or have not donated in the past 3 years
    • Has not been reported by any other member of the program
    • Able to be verified in our Red Cross systems using the information provided at the time of submission (first name, last name, date of birth and home zip code)

    If a referral is not able to be verified, you will receive an email notifying you. You should review the information submitted to ensure proper spelling and date of birth. If your information is correct, you may submit your information again for verification.

  • How do I know if my achievements have been approved?

    All of your achievements will be updated on your personalized dashboard in real-time. You will receive an email when your achievements have been submitted and accepted. You will receive notification almost immediately for submitted volunteer hours and blood donations. You can expect to receive notification within seven (7) business days for your referral.  You should allow several weeks for review of your Leaders Save Lives blood drive.

  • Does the High School Leadership Program offer a scholarship?

    The High School Leadership Program no longer offers a scholarship opportunity. We encourage you to learn more about other Red Cross scholarship programs for high school students by visiting our student website at redcrossblood.org/students.

  • When will I receive my recommendation letter?

    If you are a 2018 graduate and your dashboard reflects Tier 3, you have qualified to receive a recommendation letter. Please note that you should allow for 10 days after submitting your referrals for them to be reviewed and approved. If your referrals are not published, you will receive an email notification informing you.

     

    You can expect to receive your recommendation letter within one (1) month of your last achievement being approved and published. A detailed schedule is below. You will receive five (5) identical copies of the letter, which will be personalized for the member, not the addressee (i.e., all letters will be addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” not the names of a specific university) and sealed for delivery to the institution for which they are intended. We will do our best to ensure letters are received in time to meet application deadlines, but cannot guarantee delivery by a specific date. If a timeline is required, please contact us by email at HighSchoolLeadership@redcross.org.

     

    Please note the mailing times listed below are estimates only and may vary depending on your location.

     

    Reporting Deadline                    Letters Mailed Estimated Arrival to Students
    September 1, 2017 September 8, 2017 October 2, 2017
    October 1, 2017 October 20, 2017 October 30, 2017
    November 1, 2017 November 24, 2017 December 4, 2017
    December 1, 2017 December 22, 2017 January 1, 2018
    January 1, 2018 January 26, 2018 February 5, 2018
    February 1, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 5, 2018
    March 1, 2018 March 23, 2018 April 2, 2018
    April 1, 2018 April 20, 2018 April 30, 2018
    May 1, 2018 May 18, 2018 May 28, 2018
    June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 25, 2018
  • When will I receive my Red Cross Red Cord?


    The cords will be processed according to the following schedule – please note that arrival time to students is an estimate and may vary depending on where you live:

    If your achievement status indicates Tier 1, you have qualified to receive a leadership packet. Your leadership packet will include a thank you note from the Red Cross along with a keepsake pin and the Red Cross Red Cord. The ability to wear the cord during graduation ceremonies is strictly at the discretion of the school administration. If your school will not allow a cord, but will allow a lapel pin, you may request a Red Cross Red Cord Pin by email at HighSchoolLeadership@redcross.org

    Reporting Deadline                    Cords Mailed Estimated Arrival to Students
    March 1, 2018 March 23, 2018 April 2, 2018
    April 1, 2018 April 13, 2018 April 23, 2018
    April 10, 2018 April 20, 2018 April 30, 2018
    April 15, 2018 April 27, 2018 May 7, 2018
    April 20, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 14, 2018
    May 1, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 21, 2018
    May 5, 2018 May 18, 2018 May 28, 2018
    May 15, 2018 May 25, 2018 June 4, 2018
    May 20, 2018 June 1, 2018 June 11, 2018
    May 25, 2018 June 8, 2018 June 18, 2018
    June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 25, 2018
    June 10, 2018 June 22, 2018 July 2, 2018
  • Can I opt out of participating in the recognition portions of the website?

    Yes. If you would prefer that your achievements not post on the public portions of the website, you can choose to opt-out. You can choose to opt-out of all sharing when you create your profile, or you can opt-out when you post your achievements.