Norris (Bob) Dyer, Youth Coordinator
In 2005, the BNAPS Board of Directors was inspired to establish funding for a new program to encourage children and young adults (up to 18 years of age) to pursue our wonderful hobby of philately. The ultimate goal was that the young philatelists would continue to collect when they become adults. It was also expected that the new program would foster positive feelings in the philatelic community about BNAPS as there did not seem to be a similar organization providing cash grants.
During 2006-2009, 60 cash grants were awarded, averaging about $300 each, and about 80,000 free stamps distributed. Fiscal constraints, however, dictated that grants could no longer be given starting in 2010. The program continued with an increased emphasis on distribution of stamps and some supplies, as well as sponsoring philatelic contests for youth.
Starting in 2010, the program became self-funding, using contributions by BNAPS members and other philatelists interested in youth philately. A 2011 contest asked for lesson plans that could be used by classroom teachers. $500 in stipends were awarded. The 2012 contest solicited youth to submit an example of a postage stamp with patriotic importance, with a short essay explaining that importance. $160 was awarded in prizes along with packets of stamps. Also, between 2010-2013, 155,000 additional free stamps were provided along with miscellaneous stamp supplies and mini-albums. That means about 235,000 free stamps were given away between 2006-2013.
U.S.P.S. postal rates from the U.S. (where the stamps have been housed) to Canada led to another refocusing of the program in mid-2013. The emphasis is now on establishing joint programs with other accredited philatelic and educational organizations to support youth philately, with available contributions helping to fund these. The activities could be outreach programs or contests such as those conducted in 2011 and 2012. For further information, contact the Youth Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are examples of some projects that took place during the 2006-2009 period. They point out the types of youth-related activities BNAPS likes to support. We still do so.
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