Junior / Youth Red Cross

Just as International Red Cross was born out of battle between alliances against Austrians in 1859, the Junior Red Cross was born out of the Great European war in 1914. In this war the school children for the first time participated in the work of Red Cross. They provided First Aid and Water to the wounded soldiers in the war.

This activity of children was highly appreciated leading educationalists in those days. The idea of introducing the Red Cross at the junior level was actively considered and this led to the foundation of Junior Red Cross.

The Junior Red Cross was first founded in U.S.A. in 1917 by passing of National Junior Red Cross Charter granted to the nation.

The movement gradually became more and more popular in various nations and acquired international status up to 1920.

The Indian Red Cross Society adopted Junior Red Cross in 1925; First Junior Red Cross Group was established in Punjab in 1926. The movement gradually spread all over India. Presently there are 43,000 Junior Red Cross Groups in India.

Aims of Junior Red Cross Movement

  1. To inculcate ideals of peace and practice of service
  2. To care for own health and that of others
  3. Understanding civic human responsibilities
  4. To cultivate spirit of friendliness and help towards children all over the world

Principles of Junior and Youth Red Cross

  1. Promotion of Health
  2. Service to others - Humanity
  3. Fostering Friendship
  4. Dissemination

Activities of Junior/Youth Red Cross

The activities of Junior and Youth Red Cross are based on the principles of Health, Service, and Friendship and Dissemination. The movement is specially promoted for inculcating the ideal of peace, service and caring for the own health and the health of others. The movement leads to developing in the young generation the acceptance of civic and human responsibility and the spirit of friendliness towards all other children irrespective of nationality, religion, or caste.

About 80 schools and colleges are registered under this activity. JRC/YRC unit of Indian Red Cross Society, Pune District Branch is well known in the state and country for its activities. 12 Youths have taken part in International program of Red Cross.

Health and Cleanliness

  1. To clean and decorate the school premises.
  2. To provide clean drinking water to students.
  3. To plant trees and take their proper care.
  4. To organize medical checkup programs.
  5. To maintain cleanliness at homes.
  6. To develop good habits for health. To understand the importance of regular exercise and balanced diet.
  7. To keep away from developing bad habits such as smoking, drinking, drugs, etc.
  8. To learn the causes of disability , its care and the ways and means of prevention of disability.
  9. First Aid and Home Nursing Courses. To learn to look after a sick person in your home.
  10. Visit to Blood Bank, Eye Bank, Hospitals and helping patients who have no relatives.
  11. To learn to detect food adulteration.

Service

  1. To serve others by giving First Aid or Home Nursing
  2. To undertake help for needy people in natural calamities
  3. Collection of old clothes for needy children. To collect and distribute story books to needy children
  4. To establish First Aid, drinking water and help centers in public processions and festivals
  5. To keep the public places, gardens clean
  6. To get the training of rescue operations and fire fighting so as to be useful when necessary
  7. Awareness on disaster preparedness and school evacuation drill in case of disaster

Friendship

  1. Organize Book Banks in schools and colleges
  2. To participate in sports meets and group events such as singing, trekking etc.
  3. To organize get-together with handicapped
  4. Organize programs such as Dasara, Makarsankrant, Pongal, Diwali etc in slums and with disabled friends
  5. Friendship exchange programs with friends in other towns or states

Other Programs

  1. Lectures on History, Organization and functioning of JRC
  2. To visit Social service projects organized by other institutions
  3. Training of traffic control, road safety and household hazards
  4. Processions giving slogans on Red Cross objectives, posters etc
  5. Lectures on other states and countries
  6. Variety entertainment programs, skits, songs, etc based on Red Cross theme
  7. Sports meets, Annual Training Camps, National Integration Camps
  8. Exhibition on Red Cross and allied subjects

Programs of Red Cross Youth

  1. Propaganda of Blood Donation, organization of Voluntary Blood Donation Program
  2. Preparation of Directory of Blood groups and available blood donors
  3. Lectures on blood donation, eye donation and social topics
  4. Poster, elocution , essay and other competitions
  5. Organizing exhibitions on health, nutrition, causes of disabilities, Blood Donation, Drug addiction and awareness on social issues
  6. Fund raising for Red Cross
  7. Social Surveys, studies, visits and suitable projects properly planned and executed
  8. Group discussions on topics related to Red Cross and social service
  9. Adult Education
  10. Adopting of a village or a slum
  11. Anti-leprosy drive and visits to leprosy patients
  12. Anti drug campaign, Awareness campaign against smoking, drinking, tobacco & Gutka
  13. Disaster Management and First Aid Training
  14. HIV/AIDS awareness program
  15. Population Education
  16. Environmental awareness programs, treks, tree plantations.
  17. Voluntary services during disasters

JRC/YRC activities lead to

  1. Development of civilized, cultured, responsible, socially aware citizens with humanitarian approach
  2. Development of leadership qualities
  3. Creation of a noble and global attitude
  4. Creation of future volunteers of Red Cross movement.
  5. Overall development of personality and positive thinking.

How to start a JRC unit

  1. Motivation of Principals to start JRC/RCY
  2. Appointment of Counselors
  3. Briefing students on history, organization and activities of JRC, their role
  4. Pledge function held in school/ college
  5. JRC Flag, scarves, buttons issued at cost
  6. Appoint leader and deputy leader from students
  7. Only nominal registration fee is charged ; schools:Rs.100/-p.a. colleges : Rs.150/- p.a.

Programs of Junior Red Cross

  1. Lectures on History, Organization and functioning of JRC
  2. To visit Social service projects organized by other institutions
  3. Training of traffic control, road safety and household hazards
  4. Processions giving slogans on Red Cross objectives, posters etc
  5. Lectures on other states and countries
  6. Variety entertainment programs, skits, songs, etc based on Red Cross theme
  7. Sports meets
  8. Exhibition on Red Cross and allied subjects