Kay Conference

By Chris Conde
February 13, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, MCPHERSON – Emilea Harlin, Host Sponsor

Schools Attending:

Burrton, Claflin-Central Plains, Ellinwood, Great Bend, Great Bend Kays, Halstead, Haven, Hoisington MS, Lincoln, Lindsburg-Smoky Valley, Macksville, Macksville Kays, McPherson, St. John, St. John Kays

We, the youth of Kansas, interested in becoming adult citizens worthy of the democratic traditions of our country, will endeavor to fulfill the six objectives of the Kansas Association for Youth.

1. Character (Laugh, Love, Lift )

2. Health (Physical & Mental)

3. Service (School, Community, Nation, World)

 4. Appreciation (Friends, All Races, Self)

 5. Recreation (Relaxation, Rest, Re-creation)

6. Leadership (Citizenship & Caring)

The Kansas Association for Youth (KA Y) is a character building, leadership-training, service program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well-organized programs, projects and parties. Programs educate, inspire and direct members into carefully planned service projects. These projects emphasize four areas of service-school, community, nation and world. Th e Kansas Association for Youth is a student association unique to Kansas and started in 1946 under the direction of Miss Wanda May Vinson. After sixty years, the KAY program continues to grow and develop by seeking to fill the needs of current and future generations.

All boys and girls in grades 7-12 whose schools are members of the KSHSAA may join the KAY Club in their school. By belonging to KAY these students can experience the concept of teamwork . . . that they are all unique individuals and that by working together they can achieve a desirable goal. Th rough KAY, students can sharpen their leadership skills as well as build their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, KAY school service projects can help promote school spirit and pride. In KAY, students are developing an attitude for life regarding leadership and service—an attitude of “we get to” rather than “we have to.” They are learning at a young age about assuming their citizenship responsibility.