If Freemasonry is going to continue thriving long into the future, sufficient efforts will need to be made to engage with and appeal to the younger generation. While many brothers only begin their Masonic journeys later in life, there are several groups dedicated to working with younger men in different parts of the world.
In this post, we introduce you to the most prominent Masonic youth groups. If you have kids or work with young people in various capacities, you could recommend these groups and encourage them to see the benefits of becoming Freemasons.
The Order of DeMolay
The Order of DeMolay, or DeMolay International as it’s also known, is a US based fraternity that is open to boys between the ages of 9 and 21. The fraternal order prides itself on teaching young men to live their lives by following seven core values: Filial love, reverence for sacred things, courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness, patriotism.
The only pre-requisite for joining is belief in a higher being, and the group prides itself on welcoming young men from diverse backgrounds. The overarching aim of the fraternity is to prepare young men for adulthood, and ensure they live their lives by strong moral and ethical principles. For more information, visit their website.
The International Order of the Rainbow
The International Order of the Rainbow is a Masonic organization for girls. The order focuses on teaching girls the importance of leadership, confidence, and citizenship, in order to prepare them for later in life. It presents itself as a global sorority, and has branches in Aruba, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Romania, as well as the US.
The order was established in 1922 for young women whose fathers attended Masonic lodges in America. It has since evolved and become one of the most popular sororities for young women in the country, with hundreds of thousands of members and alumni. For more information, visit their website.
The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras
With an overarching objective to engage, train, and empower the next generation of leaders, The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras is sponsored by Prince Hall Masons. Through a community-mentoring model, the order promotes strong family values, and ensures young men are guided through life with ample support and care.
The order is open to youths between the ages of 7 and 21, and it’s not necessary for applicants to be a relative of Masons in order to join. The Order is built around nine cardinal values: Adoration and reverence for God, love of parents, righteous thinking, purity, patriotism, toleration, courtesy, friendship, and constancy. For more information, visit their website.
International Order of Job’s Daughters
Job’s Daughters International is a Masonic affiliated youth organization for girls and young women aged 10 to 20. The organization is commonly referred to as simply Job’s Daughters or Jobies, and sometimes abbreviated as JDI (or IOJD, referring to its longtime former name, International Order of Job’s Daughters). For more information, visit their website.
Freemasonry is so much more than just old men sitting around in strange uniforms, as some on the outside may believe! These vibrant and committed youth organizations are encouraging young people in different parts of the world to live more meaningful and ethical lives. We salute their efforts and encourage you to consider enlisting your children into one of the orders.