Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders from Today’s Youth
Youth programming in your Council is vital to the growth and experiences of not only our youth but in the growth of your Council as well. These programs are not only meant to enrich and encourage the involvement of the youth but also to help you to become a more visible and positive role model in their development. As members of the Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to make sure we provide our youth with the means and opportunities that help them become more involved and committed citizens as they are the life blood of our order and our country.
The great jurisdiction of Missouri has an outstanding Youth Activities Program with a strong history of successful programs. We have had multiple International winners throughout the years and we will continue to support and promote them in their efforts to reach such high accomplishments during this fraternal year.
But there is a great deal more that we can do as knights in helping to ensure the participation and success of our youth. First and foremost we have to support and sponsor the programs. Through the essay, poster, soccer, free throws, squires, Columbus girls, youth of the month, and scholarship programs you and your council should easily find the most if not all of these programs are easy to sponsor.
These programs need your commitment to publicize and promote them in your local communities, parishes, and schools. The more effort put forth the more return for your investment of time will return. Take a good look at your roster and recruit new members that will take a genuine interest in the program because realize it or not these are our leaders and Knights of Columbus members and Auxiliary members of tomorrow. An interested adult leader will help develop these youngsters into tomorrow's leaders.
Our youth need us and our programs now more than ever to develop them into a leader for tomorrow. Through our programs we will involve them and develop them into our leaders of tomorrow.