St. Scholastica grad student receives the Red Cross’ highest award for youth leadership

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Amy Leopold just returned from Washington D.C., after receiving the Navin Narayan Excellence in Youth Leadership award.

“I was blown away just to be considered for the award. And shocked to have won it. It’s surreal,” she told us. “If I could take this award and give out a piece of it to each one of our volunteers in this chapter, I would, because I am nothing without the rest of my fellow volunteers and team.”

This award is given out to just one volunteer each year out of the nearly 100,000 American Red Cross volunteers under the age of 24.

Leopold has been a Red Cross volunteer since November of 2018. She’s helped in so many ways, from recruiting other volunteers, helping with smoke detector installations, sorting holiday cards for veterans, and being a youth board member.

As for how she fits in volunteering time while being a graduate student and newly married, she said, “The Red Cross is so great for anyone. You can fit anything into your schedule.”