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Youth: What We're Working On

By Dawn Anstett, CT State Grange Youth Committee Director

  FEBRUARY 6, 2019 --

Just to update everyone on what our Youth Committee has been working on, we are currently planning the New England Youth Conference, to be held in July. The pieces are coming together and I hope to update everyone with more specifics in next month’s CT Granger. I have to thank Jaimie Cameron, CT St. Gatekeeper, Michelle DeDominicis, Flora/co-Junior Director and especially her daughter Angelina, who reminded me that it is important to reach out to the youth, for whom this program benefits. That is the what I am writing to you about this month.

For those of you who have youth in your grange or know members who would be interested in public speaking or our sign-a-song competition, please let me know. Only 2 of the youth competitions have age restrictions. There are all types of contests for youth to participate in and grow in their knowledge of the Grange. Some of the workshops, I am working on for this summer’s New England Youth Conference focuses on agriculture, community service and membership.

Before we can offer ways to engage youth in leadership, community service and other programs that teach life skills and give them opportunities to compete in contests, we need to get them in the door. We have to think about creating programs that will interest our youth and how we promote them. Providing activities that are fun and interactive and give them the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementing the event/program will help us achieve this goal. This year we have added a challenge/contest open to everyone. That is our Building Youth Membership Challenge. We want to recognize all Community Grange members that bring in 3 or more youth/year into the Grange and present that member with a paid 1 year Community Grange Membership. We can help you do this by promoting your events. I would like to make it to events in your area as well. Please either email me at youth@ctstategrange.org or message me through Facebook.

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