Just about Every Radio Club, other than those based on being licensed for a good many years or achieving a certain age, shares one of their Goals.
To get Youth involved in Amateur Radio.
Techniques Used to attract youth vary – with pass-the-torch campaigns for older members to involve children & grandchildren, and youth clubs being often great sources for younger members.
Plans can be well thought, well done and still come up dry – if the youth are not interested.
It has been wonderful to see our area DX Club admit not one, but three pre-teenage members, one who seems to be racking up a new country confirmation about every other day!
Our local club now has a solid youth contingent, and the current HamCram group is younger than ever before. Several pre-teen and teenage candidates look to be on their way to an Amateur Radio experience.
What works for adding active youth members?
Ask the Youth already involved for Suggestions on interesting their friends. Some have told me that they like that once on air the other station doesn’t treat them “like a kid.” Usually stations, even DX stations, are very pleased to work a youngster. Many will spot the young Ham with comments like “Julie – 11 year old General – call her” or similar on the DX spotting clusters.
Other seem to like the “youth club” part of it.
Technology is a common interest.
Some want to do something with their older relatives or want to be able to do what their family is doing.
Some mentioned the thrill of being put on the air as an unlicensed guest driving their interest.
I should mention that in both clubs young girls are well represented in the youngsters.
Whatever works, keep it happening!