Youth Awareness Congress
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Stockdale Moose Lodge hosted a Youth Awareness Congress for the CA/NV Association. Marcell Podany, Youth Awareness Chair for California, South did the training session. The two students representing the Stockdale Moose Lodge are Kaylee Smith from West High School and Jackeline Villanueva from Shafter High School. We also had Vanessa Chou from Beckman High School representing the Downey Moose Lodge.
Our community speakers were:
- Senior Officer Verion Coleman from Bakersfield PD who spoke about Gang Awareness and how children as young as 9 years old get recruited into gangs. Officer Coleman stressed the importance of letting younger kids understand that “Tagging” can turn into a very big deal like getting arrested or even death.
- Alejandra Guitron, Community Relations Specialist with the Bakersfield PD spoke about bullying. She noted that there is a lot of Cyber-bullying that is going on because people do it from the comfort of their computer or cell phone. Children need to understand their comments can hurt other kids.
- Katy Auffant, GATE Science Specialist teacher at Bessie Owens Primary and Intermediate school presented a project where children can get involved in a presentation. She suggested short 10 minute presentations with props and getting children involved in their presentation will keep their attention.
- Natalie Castro, last year’s Stockdale Moose Lodge student representative spoke about the presentation she did in 2013 and 2014. First year, she dressed as a bumble bee as she did her “BEE KIND” presentation to the children and the second year she did a prevention of harmful germ presentation. Natalie told the students to try to be unique as you might be competing with 50-60 other students. The topic you select might be selected by 80% of the other students.
The three students worked together and developed a nutritional presentation with puppets that had the audience laughing as they enjoyed the presentation. The students did a Great job! Completion of this training session makes the students eligible to move forward for possible scholarships.
Thank you to Leonard Rosson, Jerry Carter and Rosa Madrid for preparing and serving lunch. Thank you to our presenters, the students and their parents, Ben Pendleton CA/NV Officer and all the Moose members in attendance.
Janie Budy, Chair
Stockdale Moose Youth Awareness Program