College Knights are a testament to the bright future of the Knights of Columbus. It is important that they reach out to the youth in their communities to offer them positive male role models, to encourage them to grow in faith, to introduce them to the Order, and to help them discern their vocations as Christians.
Newburgh, N.Y., is one of the toughest cities in America. Labeled the “Murder Capital of New York” in 2011, the city annually appears on the top 15 most dangerous cities in America. On top of that, widespread poverty affects many of the city’s inhabitants, including over 35 percent of the youth. As an outreach to young boys, the San Miguel Academy, operates a tuition-free, faith-based academy for 5th-8th grade boys from underprivileged families. One of the academy’s biggest supporters is this year’s Youth Activity Winning council.
Regularly, council members volunteer at the academy, assisting with Bible studies, leading prayer groups, providing mentorship and coaching sports. The council also prepares and serves meals at the academy. In addition, the council hosts the academy on campus each semester helping these young men see the possibilities of working hard in school and avoiding the violence they experience in their community.
In recognition of their service and commitment to the San Miguel Academy, we are pleased to present this year’s Youth Activity Award to Council 8250 at the U.S. Military Academy.