Youth Awareness



The Youth Awareness team just completed all of the student congresses. We would like to thank the following Lodges for hosting the Youth Awareness Student Congresses: *West Sacramento #1702, *Santa Cruz #545, *Sunnyvale #2049, Lodi #634, *Buena Park #1945. *Garden Grove #620, Escondido #1874, Red Rock #252, and Pahrump #808! *These Lodges hosted two or more Student Congresses!!


We had 45 students attend the congress in California. I have not received the numbers for Nevada yet. Thank you to the following Lodges and Chapters for sponsoring students: West Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Roseville, Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale, Pacifica, San Jose, Monterey, Anaheim, Bellflower, Buena Park, Downey, El Monte, Garden Grove, La Habra, Pomona, Escondido, Lemon Grove, Kearney Mesa, Mira Mesa, Red Rock, and Pahrump! The Youth Awareness team and our students thank you all!!


A huge thank you to our Youth Awareness Coordinators, Fred Reichelt, Lynn McDonald, Kathy Childs, Kim Esrey (NV), (and me), who work so hard to keep this program afloat. The Coordinators put in endless hours and are the most dedicated people I have ever worked with. This is not an easy committee to serve on. My appreciation for them and what they do, can never been expressed enough.


The students had through the end of December to do their Kids Talks and submit their reports. The students’ reports went to judging in January. Judging is completed by high school honor students reading and scoring each report. We will need to wait to hear the exciting news with the names of our finalists. Our association has been awarded seven finalists for this year! They will be attending the International Youth Awareness Congress in Virginia!


I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in on eight of the Kids Talks, while our high school students presented. It truly is amazing watching our high school students, you have sponsored, reach out to our younger kids. Each of the high school students have topics that they selected on their own, different styles and techniques. I wish each of you could witness these Kids Talks. It is the frosting on the cake, the best part of our program. To watch the high school students, present and then watch as the younger kids ask questions, and sometimes a lot of questions, is very rewarding.


Some high school students wore costumes, sang songs, played instruments, had projects, handouts, and/or worksheets for the students, PowerPoint presentations, and they never cease to amaze me with their talents and the amount of effort they put into their presentations. And it seems all of the high school students have caught on to handing out candy!! Lots of candy!!! The ultimate reward for the younger kids being good listeners.


Some of the topics that were presented this year were Empathy, Self-Love, Giving Back, Values, Time Management, Technology, Becoming a Leader, and many more! The students picked great subjects and did a wonderful job of presenting their talks. Let us just say, I am so glad that I do not have to judge these reports!!


Without your support of our program, none of this would be possible. YOU are changing the lives of our students! Take great pride in playing a very important part of the Youth Awareness program!


Our Committee thanks all of you for your support. We all wish you and your families a very Happy New Year filled with good health and a lot of FUN!


Serving from the Heart,
Bridget Robinson
Youth Awareness Chair and Coordinator
(714) 638-8114

We had a wonderful Mid-Year Conference in Costa Mesa (March 23rd-26th). It is always FUN to see friends from other areas and of course spend time with our local friends as well. It is a wonderful time to learn new and updated information. Our Official Visitor was CEO Scott Hart. If you haven’t had the chance to meet Scott you need to. He is funny, motivating, charming and knowledgeable just to name a few things. Scott truly cares about the members and the work we do. Association President Joe Henderson did an amazing job as did all of the California Nevada Moose Association (CNMA) Executive Committee and Chairmen.


We have five students going to the Youth Awareness Congress April 20th-24th. They will compete in St. Louis Missouri. The finalists are Peyton Manning sponsored by West Sacramento, Zuleyka Alvarez sponsored by San Jose, Hanna Walker sponsored by Buena Park, Denise Rojas sponsored by Garden Grove Lodge and Quang Ho sponsor by Garden Grove Chapter. Congratulations to all of our finalists.


We had a total of twelve Student Congresses, which resulted in 176 Kids talks and reaching almost 500 elementary school students.


We are already beginning to set up Student Congresses for the 2023-2024 year. We will be at Buena Park Lodge on September 9th, and Escondido Lodge on October 14th. We will post all of the Student Congress on Facebook as we add to the schedule. If you have a student that would like to attend or if you have students and you need us to do a congress for you, feel free to contact me.


We will let everyone know who the winners are as soon as we find out who they are! Have a wonderful Easter and a beautiful Mother’s Day!

YA Chair Bridget Robinson, CA North Finalist Nathan Cheng, YA Coordinator Kathy Childs, CA North Finalist Karina Haddad and YA Coordinator Lynn McDonald

CA South Finalists Dennis Rojas, Jenisa Medina, Ellie Nguyen and YA Chair Bridget Robinson

CA South Finalists Jenisa Medina and Ellie Nguyen

CA North Finalists Nathan Cheng and Karina Haddad

Youth Awareness Contacts

Fred Reichelt 510-507-4654
Lynda (Lynn) McDonald 916-852-8628
Kathy Childs


Bridget Robinson 714-394-4910