Each year, local Moose Lodge representatives ask high school officials across North America to recommend two high school students to State/Provincial Association Youth Awareness Congresses, which are held in October and November each year.
Students are selected based on academic achievement and leadership qualities. Those who attend an Association Youth Awareness Congress are asked to create a Moose KidsTalks presentation by selecting a topic and developing a presentation around that topic. They are then asked to find opportunities, with the assistance of their sponsoring Moose Lodges and/or Women of the Moose Chapters, to speak to groups of 4 to 9 year-old children. There are numerous sources for potential audiences: scouting units, elementary schools, day care centers, Sunday School classes, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs and YMCA youth programs just to name a few. Each student is asked to present a minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks between the end of the Association Youth Awareness Congress and February 29, 2016. They are also asked to complete written reports on their presentations and submit them to their respective Association Youth Awareness Coordinator.
In early May each year, approximately 60 students, who attended Association Youth Awareness Congresses and completed the minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks presentations, were selected by their peers to attend the International Youth Awareness Congress. The 2017 International Youth Awareness Congress was held in Kenosha, Wisconsin from April 27–May 1. At the conclusion of the International Congress, five students were selected by the attendees to receive scholarships. The winners were:
1st – $12,000 – Houston Dixon, VA
2nd- $8,000 – Nathan Plym, WI
3rd – $5,000 – Estevan Jose Smith, NM
4th – $3,000 – April Johnson, MI
5th – $2,000 – Zachary Neff – PA
Thank you to everyone who participated and made this year’s International Youth Awareness Congress a huge success!