SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer student-athlete Juan Jaramillo traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer to participate in the American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program.
The program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire a new generation of volunteers by organizing blood drives for their classmates and community. Jaramillo's experience began with training, mentoring and networking during a two-week internship at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. The internship provides participating students like Jaramillo, a midfielder on the men's soccer team, the chance to receive coaching from senior Red Cross leadership. This opportunity can help participants gain life-long skills that can have an impact on their campus and throughout their future careers. He will now return to campus to encourage fellow students to join in the mission to help save lives through blood donation. Jaramillo also received a $2,000 scholarship for participating in the program.
"It is a great honor and I feel very grateful to have this opportunity with the American Red Cross," Jaramillo said. "It is a very impactful organization in the United States and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to this impact. Meeting new people and making connections across the country is something that I look forward to greatly. Already, in the first day, I feel a great connection with all of my fellow volunteers, who come from various NAIA athletic teams, as well as with our outstanding mentors. I cannot wait to continue building these relationships, as well as sharing with one another later on how we will be impacting our communities after completing the program. A big theme in this program is servant leadership. I hope to learn more and more on how to be an effective leader by being driven to serve others rather than oneself. While I also look forward to learning about setting up blood drives on behalf of the Red Cross, I cannot wait to apply these lessons regarding leadership around the Lawrence Tech community"
Nearly 20 percent of the millions of blood donations made each year come from young donors, like college students. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help make an impact on campus while helping save lives in the community and beyond.
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.