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