Red Cross Youth
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Red Cross Youth organises a variety of programmes and activities every year to nurture compassionate leaders for humanity. Youths develop unique abilities and qualities to inspire and influence positive change in others by their own actions.



Started in 2003, Linkamania is an annual camp for Red Cross Youth Links (primary school units). The camp is one of the Singapore Red Cross initiatives that include Values-In-Action platforms to mould youths into concerned citizens in line with MOE’s focus on Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) and emphasis on 21st Century Education Competencies.

National First Aid Competition

NFAC 2015

An annual event to raise the awareness of the importance and relevance of first aid among youths, the National First Aid Competition is an exciting time where Red Cross Links, Cadets and Chapters get to show off their first aid skills. They also take the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of first aid. Disaster management demonstrations are also held at this event.

Project R.I.C.E.

Project Rice

Launched in 2008 by Red Cross Youth Chapters, Project R.I.C.E. has made a name for itself as an annual nation-wide community project initiative to help disadvantaged families in Singapore. Every year, Red Cross Youth Chapters and volunteers distribute food items including rice, donated by the Singapore public to beneficiaries. These food items are sponsored by the Singapore public by way of monetary donation via a supermarket partner.

Overseas Humanitarian Programme

OHP Interaction with Kids

Red Cross Youths embark on overseas community projects to improve basic amenities as well as impart soft skills vulnerable communities. Depending on the needs of the community, youths will conduct activities like hygiene education, basic first aid training, lifesaving training and evacuation and even construct hygiene facilities.

Youth Ambassadors’ Blood Programme

Established in March 2010, the Youth Ambassador’s Blood Programme (YABP) empowers youth to champion the life-saving cause of blood donation by providing them with opportunities to advocate blood donation to their friends, family, and community, and the skills to plan, organise and implement blood donation drives and roadshows.

The YABP comprises of three compulsory modules, with a fourth optional module. In Modules 1 to 3, youth learn about
a. National Blood Programme and Blood Donor Recruitment programme
b. Science and process of blood donation
c. Recruitment of blood donors, organisation and management of blood donation roadshows

The optional 4th module teaches youths to organise blood donation drives and manage blood donors at these events.

Volunteer Instructors Programme

The Red Cross Youth Volunteer Instructors’ Programme is designed to equip Trainees with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to
a. Mentor and teach Cadets
b. Work efficiently with fellow Volunteer Instructors in HQ events
c. Assist their Teachers in running the unit.

The programme also instills professionalism, responsibility and respect in Trainees, to enable them to effectively contribute to the Singapore Red Cross and Red Cross Youth communities.

Sign up for the Volunteer Instructors programme by emailing us

Join us! Check if your school has a Red Cross Youth CCA.

The Singapore Red Cross Youth (RCY) is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world - the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It was first established as the Junior Red Cross in 1952 when Singapore was still a British colony. Today, the RCY has 5000 members and counting!

From a uniformed group in primary and secondary schools, it now includes post-secondary institutions and communities to offer youth volunteers a seamless transition as they progress from student life into adulthood.

NFACIn primary and secondary schools, the RCY is a co-curricular activity (CCA) that integrates character-building, leadership, essential life saving skills and blood donation knowledge, local community service and overseas humanitarian projects in its curriculum, with the Red Cross ethos and service to humanity as a core focus.

It brings out the best of our Links (Primary school units), Cadets (Secondary school units) and Chapter (Tertiary) members – and to prepare them for leadership in their families and communities. This is in line with the Ministry of Education’s approach of developing 21st Century competencies among the youths, focusing on character and citizenship education.

At the community level, Red Cross Youth Club provides a sustainable platform for our youth to continue volunteering to serve the vulnerable in their communities. 

Red Cross Youth strives to instil the Red Cross Youth spirit and strengthen core values such as compassion, passion and professionalism in all members. By participating in providing Singapore Red Cross humanitarian services, Red Cross Youths are groomed to become good citizens with strong senses of civic responsibility. They are trained to be adaptable, resilient and confident team players. 

In line with the spirit of social inclusiveness, the Red Cross Youth launched Singapore’s first Red Cross Youth Club for youth with and without intellectual disabilities at the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Delta Senior School. The club allows students with intellectual disabilities to build confidence in contributing to the community, and fosters greater understanding of people with special needs through shared experiences and activities with other Red Cross Youth schools and clubs

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The Red Cross Youth (RCY) is committed to engaging our Youths in various local and international humanitarian programmes, including:

  • Community Service
  • Blood Donation and Donor Recruitment
  • Disaster Management and Support

Click here for a list of RCY units in Primary Schools.

Click here for a list of RCY units in Secondary Schools.

Click here for a list of RCY Chapters in Tertiary Institutions.

"As cadets engage in the wide array of activities offered by the Red Cross Youth, not only are their personal effectiveness enhanced, their characters are also shaped as lifelong values are ingrained in them." - Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Education, 2013

“I have learnt from RCY that it is never too late to save a life or make a difference in someone’s life. Although my parents badly wanted me to take Badminton as CCA, I opted for RCY because I knew I could learn valuable and inspiring skills to touch people’s lives. My 2-year journey in RCY was most exciting, and now I am sure that my future is going to be in RCY. Most importantly, my parents now understand the importance of RCY and they are proud of me.” - Mohanakanan Harish, 10, RCY Link

“Nothing is more invigorating than seeing your plans and actions make an impact on someone else's life. If you have a desire for transforming visions of a community with passion and humanity into a reality, and for inspiring others to do the same, then RCY is the place for you.” - Lee Jia Yi Joey, 16, RCY Cadet

Back then, going down the list of possible CCAs, I wanted to try something new and meaningful, and RCY stood out to me. Joining RCY was easily the best decision I made in my secondary school life, as it not only helped me to grow and develop as a person, but also taught me useful knowledge, and forge strong bonds with my fellow CCA-mates who are some of my closest friends today.- Loh Yi Jun, 20, RCY NUS Chapter/Red Cross Youth Club member

Find out more about our Red Cross Youth programmes or connect with them on social media.

Red Cross Youth resources are available here.