MOOSE YOUTH AWARENESS PROGRAM: AN OVERVIEW
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
by First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1986. Since that time, we have developed a positive approach
and, in 1988, changed the name of the program to Moose Youth Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Program. Realizing there are additional adverse elements in the community, we changed the
name to the Moose Youth Awareness Program in 1994.
The program consists of the various State and Provincial Moose Associations on the North
American continent holding Association Student Congresses during October and November of
each year. Students are selected based on academic ability and leadership qualities. They are
challenged to become a“speakers’ bureau” utilizing Moose KidsTalks. Each participant selects a
topic and develops a presentation around that topic. They are responsible for finding
opportunities to speak to groups of 4 to 9 year-old children in scouting units, elementary schools,
Sunday School classes, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs and YMCA youth programs just to name a few.
Each student is asked to do a minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks from the end of the
Associations Student Congress which begins November 1st and continues through February 28,
2011. They are also asked to complete written reports on these presentations.
Each year, approximately 60 students, who attended Association Student Congresses and
completed the minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks, are selected by their peers to attend the
International Youth Awareness Congress. The 2011 International Youth Awareness Congress
will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 28-May 2. Each Moose State Association is
responsible for the travel and hotel expenses for the selected individual(s) to attend. During the
International Congress, five (5) students will be selected by their peers to receive scholarships.
Scholarships are then awarded as follows:
1st Place - $12,000
2nd Place - $8,000
3rd Place - $5,000
4th Place - $3,000
5th Place - $2,000
The D’Iberville Moose Lodge will hold a Youth Awareness Congress on November 27th, 2010
from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the D’Iberville Moose Lodge, 5145 West Gay Road, D’Iberville
MS. Questions about the Youth Awareness Congress can be directed to Mr. Barry Cumberland,
D’Iberville Youth Awareness Chairman, phone number: 228-229-3404.