Moose Youth Awareness Program

After several years of donating to local prevention programs, such as D.A.R.E, Red Ribbon and Pride, the Loyal Order of Moose was asked to participate in the “Just Say No to Drugs” Program in 1986 by First Lady Nancy Reagan. Since that time, we have developed a positive approach and, in 1988, changed the name from “Just Say No To Drugs” to the Moose Youth and Drug Awareness Program. Knowing that there are more adverse elements in the community, we changed the name again, in 1994, to the Moose Youth Awareness Program.

The program consists of the various State and Provincial Moose Associations throughout North America holding Association Student Congresses during the fall of each year. Lodges are encouraged to invite two high school students to those particular congresses. The purpose of the Association Congresses is to develop presentations that could be delivered to the targeted group of 4 - 9 year-olds (a target group established in 1988, following that year’s International Student Congress).

Louisa Moose Lodge
Students receiving their certificates for the Youth Awareness class!
Galax Moose Lodge
Students receiving Youth Awareness certificates!

The one-day Student Congresses at the Association level challenge the participating students to become a speakers' bureau and to encourage each of them to present a minimum of three Moose "KidsTalks" presentations to the target group in their own community. The students' presentations are not scripted, as they are to prepare their own message to deliver to the 4 - 9 year-olds, encouraging them to make wise and healthy choices in life.

Moose "KidsTalks" presentations run from November through February each year. After each "KidsTalks" presentation, the students are required to submit a written report telling us about their presentations. In March, students who attended the Association Student Congresses and completed a minimum of three "KidsTalks" presentations are judged by their peers, and one or more from each Moose Association are invited to attend the International Student Congress.

In the past, International Student Congresses have been held in Washington, D.C., Anaheim, California; Niagara Falls, New York; and Mooseheart, Illinois. At the International Student Congress, the teenagers explain to each other how they went about their particular "KidsTalks" presentations. The International Student Congress is a student-run meeting, which encompasses about 13 hours over a four-day period. At the end of the meeting, the students vote for the top five presentations. Scholarships are then awarded as follows: first, a $12,000 scholarship; second, a $8,000 scholarship; third, a $5,000 scholarship; fourth, a $3,000 scholarship; and fifth, a $2,000 scholarship. To date, our Moose "KidsTalks" presenters have reached over 250,000 4-9 year olds.

Waynesboro Moose Lodge
Students during lectures during Youth Awareness sessions!

The Men and Women of the Virginia Moose Association are proud sponsors of 75 students. Thank you to some 20 Lodges and WOTM Chapters (not pictured). The time, effort and financial support has been very welcoming. Without you we (Manny, Kay and now Myssi) this would not be possible. Moose International has granted us 6 student representatives at the International Student Congress April 26th – 30th 2018 held in Boston Massachusetts. There, our 6 students will be competing for the $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 International scholarships awarded annually. Each 1 of our 6 representatives will receive a $1,000 Virginia Moose Association scholarship for giving of their time to participate. These students devote many hours preparing to compete. Please continue to support the youth in our communities and invite others to join us. Update to follow.

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The Virginia Moose Youth Awareness Chairman is looking for individual Moose Members (Man or Woman) in Good Standing that are willing to learn about the Moose Youth Awareness Program - one of our signature Community Service Programs.

  1. Are you a Lodge/Chapter Member?
  2. Do you like volunteering in your Community?
  3. Are you Energetic and Out-going?
  4. Do you find yourself bored and wanting to help our cherished youth?
  5. Would you like to work with and be a positive role model for a 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade high school students?

IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” TO ONE OR MORE OF THESE QUESTIONS COME JOIN OUR TEAM!!!!! 

Another very successful program hosted by Manchester/ Richmond Lodge.
Eight (8) energetic students in attendance along with their parents.
Good Luck and Thanks for helping our Fraternity to educate the youth in our communities.
Photo from the Youth Awareness Congress hosted by the Manchester-Richmond Moose Family Center #699 Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

Virginia has a total of 40 registered students in the Youth Awareness Program this year.
Three (3) more programs remain scheduled .....
Saturday. November 4th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Arlington Moose Lodge #1315
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Covington Moose Lodge #610
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Warwick Moose Family Center #1711

Photo from the Youth Awareness Congress hosted by the Hopewell Moose Family Center #1472 Saturday, October 21st, 2017.

Virginia has a total of 40 registered students in the Youth Awareness Program this year.
Four (4) more programs remain scheduled .....
Saturday, October 28th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Manchester-Richmond Moose Family Center #699
Saturday. November 4th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Arlington Moose Lodge #1315
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Covington Moose Lodge #610
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 ..... hosted by the Warwick Moose Family Center #1711

Graphic of Moose Youth Awareness ProgramVIRGINIA MOOSE YOUTH AWARENESS PROGRAM

“Helping Students To Succeed” since 1986

High School Students 9th-12th Grade

How would you like to EARN A $1,000 VIRGINIA MOOSE ASSOCIATION COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP?

  • A CHANCE FOR A $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 OR $2,000 ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP?
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?
  • HELP YOUNG CHILDREN MAKE POSITIVE CHOICES?
  • DEVELOP MARKETABLE LEADERSHIP SKILLS?
  • GAIN EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR RESUME?
  • TRAVEL WITH OTHER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ALL ACROSS NORTH AMERICA & LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES?
  • THE BEST PART IS IT`S ALL “FREE”

Contact a local Moose Lodge and inquire about the Moose Youth Awareness Scholarship Program other contacts are:

  • Mannuel Propst: 540-241-3772
  • Kay Morrison: 540-820-9887
  • Virginia Moose Association Office: 434-237-3006

Check out our video- https://youtu.be/VWPkKRF9UCc

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