|Volune LIII||January 2006||Number 1|
Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation
The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation is the new name signaling the merger of the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation and The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for Children. The result melds a focus on education, training and teaching of Masonic principles to young people with programs that combat substance abuse, bullying and the abduction of children.
In 2006, the foundation will continue programs of support for DeMolay, Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters at the Masonic Conference Center-Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, where the foundation is headquartered. It will administer the major scholarship programs of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. It will also provide a variety of educational seminars and workshops, such as the LifeSkills and LifeChangers conferences, to help young people develop leadership and communication skills. Recognizing the unselfish efforts of quality adult volunteers, the foundation will continue to administer the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award and the HODEGOS Award for outstanding leaders of the Masonic Youth groups.
A major goal continues to be the expansion of the Masonic youth groups into every Masonic district. This is the best way for Freemasonry to reach out to the young people in the community who need to learn from Masons and to benefit by learning to live by Masonic principles.
The foundation will continue to facilitate the Child Identification Program (CHIP) by lodges across the Commonwealth. It will also provide support for D.A.R.E. education, Student Assistance Training of Trainers and programs that combat bullying and in-school violence. Through the programs supported by the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, the fraternity continues its long-standing commitment of helping children grow to be healthy and responsible young leaders in their community.
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