The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation is a charitable arm of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Its goal is to provide programs and resources for the young people of the Commonwealth through leadership, education, and mentoring.
Founded in 1982, PMYF continues to support our children into the new millennium Please take a moment to get to know us and the programs we sponsor. We’re sure that there are activities that any child can benefit from!
The Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide (or MSRG for short) is a key resource for any young person attending an institution of higher education. Each year the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation publishes this manual so that young people may discover our fraternity and learn about many of our generous scholarship programs. This one booklet provides students with information on nearly 70 different scholarships, some with awards of several thousand dollars. The 2015 booklet was mailed during the first week of November to each Worshipful Master and Secretary, high schools across the Commonwealth, members of the Masonic Youth Groups, and other young people.
Do you have a son or daughter who could use some scholarship money? Perhaps it’s one of your grandchildren, or maybe a member of a Masonic Youth group who is coming up a little short in these tough economic times. This is their opportunity to secure funds towards college. At the same time, the Fraternity has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people.
The PA Masonic Youth Foundation directly supports three Masonic Youth Groups – Pennsylvania DeMolay, the Order of the Rainbow for Girl’s in Pennsylvania, and the Order of Job’s Daughters in Pennsylvania. It also provides programs and assistance to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and Deborah Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA, with their Masonic Youth Groups – the Knights of Pythagoras and the Ruth Mitchell Tucker Girls Youth Department. These five Masonic Youth Groups get together several times throughout the year to share ideas, discuss projects, and plan activities together.
On the weekend of April 25 – 27, 2014, the PMYF hosted the five Masonic Youth Groups at Patton Campus, in Elizabethtown, PA, for a Masonic Youth Unity weekend. The event, planned by the Youth Leaders of the groups involved, covered important topics such as membership, understanding each organization, and planning joint events. Fun activities were also included, like a talent show and board games. While the young people worked through their program, the adult leaders of the groups also met to discuss best practices and the latest challenges that come with working with youth.
The weekend was very productive and well received by all. Thank you the Masonic Family in Pennsylvania for providing such an excellent opportunity for youth from across the Commonwealth to share ideas.
Special thanks to Mr. Danny Bryant, an adult leader with the Knights of Pythagoras, for taking photos for the weekend and providing them to PMYF for use.
With the 2014 scholarship awards granted, the PMYF has exceeded one million dollars in scholarships granted since 1990. In 2014 the Foundation received 168 applications. Each application is read in full, and carefully weighed for it’s merits by the Educational Endowment Fund Committee.
This year saw applications from all walks of life, covering students in fields from nursing to engineering, from many counties throughout the Commonwealth. Students were required to write an essay about their most meaningful achievement and how it relates to their field of study. The committee was able to award over $179,000 to 59 students who will use the money to aid them in earning a degree. Some of these are multi-year awards, contingent upon the recipient maintaining a 3.0 GPA. All applicants will receive written notification of the committee’s selections in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to all of our recipients and thank you to our donors who make this program possible!
Bro. Jay W. Smith, Right Worshipful Past Grand Master, created and authorized the wearing of a special apron at all Masonic Lodges in Pennsylvania. This apron, pictured at right, sets apart those Brothers who devote time and energy to our Masonic Youth Groups in Pennsylvania and recognizes their service.
PMYF is completing the distribution of these aprons to those who are authorized to wear them. To receive an apron, you must be a registered adult leader with a local PA Rainbow Assembly, PA Job’s Daughters Bethel, or PA DeMolay Chapter. The local units will receive a supply of aprons that they are charged with distributing and keeping records of. This is the only way to obtain one of these fine garments.
The aprons are considered on loan only and are to be returend to the Youth Group whenever requested or upon completion of service. They never become the property of the Brother they are issued to.
We look forward to seeing these aprons worn in Lodges all across Pennsylvania soon!
The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation is proud to work with the three Masonic Youth Groups in the Commonwealth – Job’s Daughters, Rainbow for Girls, and DeMolay. Bro. Jay W. Smith, Right Worshipful Grand Master, has been a strong proponent of our Masonic Youth during his term and has actively sought ways to increase the visibility of these groups. Earlier this year, just such an opportunity came about.
The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA, is known world wide as a model of public outreach for the fraternity. When the Memorial Association contacted Bro. Smith about having the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania assist with the Masonic Youth exhibit, he couldn’t have been happier. A request was made to the Board of Directors of the PA Masonic Youth Foundation, which was quickly approved, to help finance and construct the display. This gave Pennsylvanians the unique opportunity to help mold the content and message of an exhibit that will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in years to come.
On August 26, 2013, Grand Master Smith, accompanied by several Past Grand Masters, representatives of PMYF, and leaders of the Masonic Youth Groups, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Memorial to mark the opening of the new exhibit. Masonic leaders from all over the country were in attendance and many remarked at how professional and well done the display was.
This is just another example of Pennsylvania Freemasons leading the Fraternity, not just in the Commonwealth, but around the country!