May 18, 2023 at 3:24 p.m.
National Red Cross award given to local alum
Whatever needs to get done Red Cross Youth volunteer Amy (Schreyer) Leopold can be counted on to make it happen. Whether it’s writing thank you cards to blood donors, installing smoke alarms at housing sites, recruiting new volunteers or working the annual stand-down veteran outreach events, Amy will be there.
For going above and beyond, she has won the Narayan Excellenec in Youth Leadership Award from the Red Cross. Her standout activity from amongst 100,000 Red Cross volunteers under the age of 24, in the U.S. was honored in Washington D.C.
The award is named in honor of Navin Narayan who died of cancer at age 23 and served as Red Cross Youth Council Chair. This award and a scond that includes a scholarship are given out in his name annually. Last year’s volunteer award winner was a University of New Mexico grad, from Albuquerque.
Leopold is a Chisago Lakes High School grad. She married August Leopold, who also is a CLHS alum. They live in Duluth, where Amy is a grad student at St Scholastica. She’s been volunteering for Red Cross since 2018.
Her Northern Minnesota Red Cross Executive Director Dan Williams said Amy is. “... consistent in demonstrating there is a place for young volunteers in the Red Cross.”
Upon receiving the youth leadership award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. the end of April, Amy remarked, “I was blown away just to be considered for the award...and shocked to have won it — it’s surreal. 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.”