The Illinois Numismatic Association (ILNA) started a Youth Associate Program (YAP) in 2019, but with all the shutdowns it has been a challenge to develop! We did find 4 YN's ages 10-17 and matched them with Sponsors, for mentoring and guidance.
For 2022, we're going to relaunch the program with a new opportunity, but I would like your feedback, as we're still in the development stage. Hereâ€™s the idea, tell me what you think:
I purchase 2 tables at the Oakbrook, IL monthly show at Holiday Inn for $90, and let YNs use the table to buy/sell coins and currency. Myself and other adult Sponsors would supervise and advise. YN's would need to be a member of ILNA and in the ILNA Youth Associate Program to participate. YN's could use their own social media to invite their numismatic friends to the coin show. Since it's a monthly show, the invitation could be ongoing, and repeated. We'd also be promoting membership and programs offered by ILNA, CSNS, ANA, local clubs, and specialty clubs. For bigger shows, YN's could also function as pages.
If it is successful in Oakbrook, IL, other adult Sponsors could host a table elsewhere in the state of Illinois.
ILNA already has a pull up banner for a YN table and participation patches for Associates, and we can develop more outreach materials and rewards as we go along.
If you like this idea, give me some more suggestions! I am planning to launch as a pilot program on January 16th, 9am to 2pm. Based on the results, I will ask ILNA to incorporate the coin show program into the Youth Associate Program.