Local Clubs Seeing a Decrease in Younger Members
RIO GRANDE VALLEY — It used to be that kids were into clubs and organizations, but memberships across the board are on the decline and now both national and local clubs and organizations are having a hard time getting and keeping kids interested.
While those membership numbers drop the average age of the active members has increased. Local clubs such as Rotary Clubs, Lions and other others are some the clubs being affected. Rick Villarreal, President of the Rotary Club of Brownsville, says reaching out to kids at a young age is key to getting them involved, "Years ago we started groups within the high school level and the college level in the hopes to have that number slowly trending. Kind a get it more ingrained when were younger our population is younger, then when they are adults it is kind of still in the back of their mind."
Villarreal says he first began noticing fewer younger volunteers in local charities several years ago and hopes recruiting kids at a young age will help fix this growing problem.