At its July 2011 meeting, the ARRL Board approved a motion authorizing the appointment of a Youth in the Second Century Committee. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN appointed the committee made up of active youth hams from across the country: Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF, Jeremy Breef-Pilz KB1REQ, Emily Bishop WE4MB, Sterling Coffey N0SSC, Joel Monza KC2SNL, ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage KG4IUM, and Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT (Chairman).
The purpose and goals of this committee are to enhance the League’s outreach to potential Amateurs among America’s youth. The League’s centennial in 2014 will highlight not only the accomplishments of the past but also point towards Amateur Radio’s future. Meaningful plans to excite young Americans about Amateur Radio today and in the future must take into account the ideas, lifestyles, and experiences of youthful Amateur Radio operators.
The Committee on Youth in the Second Century seeks input from youth and also from adult Amateurs working with young people, and will make recommendations to the Staff and the Board of Directors. We are all very aware of the importance of getting more young people involved in Amateur Radio. Many of you are making a difference in young people’s lives and doing exciting things to interest youth in our hobby.
ARRL needs your input on how we can improve our outreach to young Americans. Director Woolweaver would appreciate it if you would also share your thoughts and comments with him, so that working together, we can all help with this vital effort for the future of Amateur Radio.