Moose Youth Awareness Program offers college scholarships

Plymouth Moose Lodge invites local high school students to be part of the Youth Awareness Program.
The Moose Youth Awareness program is for High school students interested in public speaking and educating young children on a number of positive lifestyle topics ranging from bullying to drug and alcohol abuse. Eligible students could end up earning some of the $30,000 in scholarship money provided by the Moose. Last year, Plymouth South High School students Olivia Howland and Colleen Begley earned state scholarships through this program.

 Each year, approximately 60 students out of approximately 1,000 participants from across the country are chosen to attend the International Youth Awareness Congress. Five winners, selected by their peers, receive scholarships (1st place – $12,000; 2nd place – $8,000; 3rd place – $5,000; 4th place – $3,000; and 5th place – $2,000).

In order to participate, students must attend a State Youth Awareness Congress to learn how the program works. During the congress, students will identify an issue they want to address. All topics must promote healthy choices for children ages 4-9.  Last year, 15 students from Plymouth South High School completed the program. This year, the MA/RI Moose Association is holding the Youth Awareness Congress on Saturday, November 12 at Massasoit Community College in Brockton.

Students will create their own “Moose Kids Talks” presentations to reach these audiences. Over the next several months, program participants identify their own speaking opportunities in various clubs and organizations (i.e., scouting groups, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, classes), and must make three or more presentations by February, 2016. Students are encouraged to be creative with their presentation.

At the end of February, written reports submitted by students who have completed at least three “Moose Kids Talks” are judged by a peer group to determine who will represent the state at the annual Moose International Youth Awareness Congress, which is held during the first weekend of May. The 2017 Moose  International Youth Awareness Congress will be held in Kenosha, Wisconsin

To learn more, call Administrator Francis Kuhn at 508-224-2276 or email plymouthmooselodge@gmail.com .  An electronic copy the Youth Awareness Program brochure can be found online at http://www.mooseintl.org/members/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Youth-Awareness-Brochure.pdf

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