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).

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Students receiving their certificates for the Youth Awareness class!
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Students receiving Youth Awareness certificates in 2015!

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.

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Students during lectures during Youth Awareness sessions in 2015!

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


  • A CHANCE FOR A $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 OR $2,000 ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP?

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

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As we all know College tuition is "Very Expensive", Our organization has a program that could "Help" you offset some of that expense and it’s "FREE".

Can teenagers persuade younger children to make positive choices in life?  "YES!" say the teens and adults who work together in the MOOSE YOUTH AWARENESS PROGRAM.

For more than 25 years, we have organized high school students into a highly effective speakers` bureau with a goal of educating preschool and elementary school-aged children on a variety of topics, including child abuse," stranger danger", bullying, peer pressure, health and nutrition, and internet safety.  Through "Kids Talks"; which are short presentations given to groups of children 4-9 years old.

More than 1,000 energetic teens gathered last year at State and Provincial Moose Youth Awareness Congresses throughout the United States and Canada. They listened to guest speakers, exchanged ideas and used their creativity to help themselves and others to deal with adverse elements in their own communities. Some students draw from their own personal experiences to determine how they could help prevent future tragedies.

Some of these students that attend the program are already leaders in school or community youth programs; others become leaders as a result of the knowledge and experience they gained because they attended.  The Moose Youth Awareness Program has a bright future, our participants can educate the youth of their communities to make wise decisions and to avoid adverse situations. They can also motivate and inspire. In fact, the voices of those students that have attended our Youth Awareness Programs during the last 29 years have reached an audience of more than 803,000.

Our programs start Mid-September and run through November each year. The student has until the end of February to complete. They are also asked to complete written reports on their "Kids Talks" and submit them to their respective Association Youth Awareness Chairman.

You will be competing for 1 of 5 scholarships awarded annually at the International Youth Awareness Congress, a $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, and if you are chosen to represent Virginia and attend the International Youth Awareness Congress, the Virginia Moose Association will award an additional $1,000 scholarship.  There is "NO" expense to the student or parent to participate in this program.

The future rests in the hands, hearts, and minds of our children. Without a doubt, members of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose will continue to provide assistance to make our communities a better place for families to live and for children to grow.

For more information contact:  Mannuel Propst at (540) 241-3772 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virginia Moose Association Youth Awareness Chairman

Moose Youth Awareness ProgramAre you familiar with the Moose Youth Awareness Program?  This program started in 1986 as the "Just Say No to Drugs" program and has been adapting to the ever changing needs of the community ever since.  With each year comes different challenges, this year is no different.  So we ask all members of the Moose to come help nurture and mold the minds of the future.  Below is a set schedule of events for this year's 2017 Youth Awareness Student Congress schedule.  We hope you can all find time to come help.  To get more involved please contact Manuel Propst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (540) 234-0316 or (540) 241-3772 or Kay Morrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (540) 564-0273 or (540) 820-9887. 

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