By Alicia Lacy

Fort Hood Herald

The Fort Hood American Red Cross is gearing up for its summer youth program and accepting applications through Friday.

The program offers teenagers 15 through 18 an opportunity to work in a professional medical and administrative atmosphere while volunteering their time from June 15 through Aug. 20.

For nine weeks this summer, high school students can develop a work ethic, learn responsibility and earn volunteer hours to include on college applications, said Gail Pierce, Fort Hood Red Cross station chairwoman.

Pierce said the number of volunteers for the program varies each year, but last year the program had about 20 volunteers.

Pierce said she's hoping for about the same number or more volunteers this year.

Students work in labor/delivery, mother/baby, logistics and human resources at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center or other medical clinics or at Casey Memorial Library.

Pierce said most of their duties will be administrative.

Depending on where the volunteers are working, they may be able to observe some procedures like an X-ray or deliver specimen to a lab.

Students can volunteer up to 40 hours per week.

Students will wear a Red Cross T-shirt and nametag to identify them as volunteers and at the end of the program, they will receive a letter noting the number of hours they contributed and a certificate at a recognition ceremony set for Aug. 18.

Students can pick up an application at the Red Cross offices at Darnall, 36000 Darnall Loop, or Reynold's House adjacent to the Warrior Way Commissary.

For more information, call the main office at (254) 287-0400 or the Darnall office at (254) 288-8144 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mandatory orientations for the program are June 15 for students with last names beginning with A through L and June 16 for those whose last names start with M through Z.

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