Teaching Kids to Give Back
Youth Leadership & Volunteer Program
The 10/31 Consortium Kids' Court Youth Leadership and Volunteer Program was created in 2018. This program, for children age 6 to senior in high school, teaches valuable lessons in organization, compassion and public speaking. Participating children are also the selection pool to receive the honors of Fifolet Halloween Festival Prince and Princess. The program registration fee is $50 per child per year. Additional fees and expenses may apply, such as costumes, parade throws and float fees. Children may enter the program for multiple years, however they may only serve as Prince or Princess once. There are two phases of the program: Service Work and Royal Titles.
Children in the Service Work phase of the program manage 10/31 Consortium's Costume and Candy Drive by decorating and delivering donation bins, collecting donations, and then sorting and matching donations to our beneficiaries.
They also manage and staff the Costume Giveaway Day which puts costumes directly into the hands of children who need them. This shows them a strong and immediate lesson on the importance of helping others.
Children in the Service Work phase can also volunteer at select fundraising events and help with stuffing goodie bags for hospitalized children.
The Service Work phase runs from July to October. Children completing Service Work will then be the selection pool for Royal Titles the following year.
Children awarded Royal Titles will receive special recognition at all Fifolet Halloween Festival events. They are also required to participate in certain events in addition to the Costume Giveaway Day. The Prince and Princess also make a handful of public and media appearances (like the video below) to represent and promote the program.
The Prince and Princess are determined by the Board of Directors and will be crowned a the Black and Orange Bash in the Spring. Children crowned Prince or Princess will have their registration fee waived for the year of their reign. Other fees and expenses mentioned above still apply.
Click the button below to register your child today.
Be the Change
Teaching Kids to Give Back
Lessons in Organization
Managing the Costume and Candy Drive teaches children time management and responsibility. They must decorate and deliver donation bins within a certain time-frame, follow up with the donation location, and sort through the hundreds of costumes to match them to beneficiaries. Natural leaders will flourish in this process and those needing to hone these skills gain valuable experience.
Lessons in Compassion
Staffing the Costume Giveaway Day is an experience they will never forget. Families from all over the Baton Rouge area (and even as far away as New Orleans) line up to "shop" the free costume selection. Your children will assist, serve and help children in need find the costume they have always wanted. The feeling of giving those smiles and the simple joy of a Halloween costume to a child who might not otherwise have it is a beautiful experience.
Lessons in Public Speaking
Children awarded with the titles of Prince or Princess will have opportunities to represent the Kids' Court Program at various community events. They will speak in front of a crowd and possibly in front of a camera. This is a lesson that will serve them well in adulthood.
Children awarded with Royal Titles will have may have their names and photographs appear in local publications. They will also have their names and photographs listed on the 10/31 Consortium website and on the 10/31 Consortium and Fifolet Halloween Festival social media profiles. The Prince and Princess will also have their picture on the Kids' Court Float.
Children awarded Royal Titles will receive a crown and a sash at their official Royal Coronation as part of the Black and Orange Bash.
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How it Works
Participants and their parents or guardians serve as a program ambassador and must represent 10/31 Consortium with respect and kindness to all.
Participants and their parents or guardians must refrain from making or wearing political, religious or social statements while representing 10/31 Consortium at our events and/or in any media interviews.
The Kids' Court is a family activity and requires a commitment from the child and at least one parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must agree to accompany children to all Kids' Court activities and assist with donation bin deliveries / pick ups. Additionally, parents / guardians should be prepared to assist with Kids' Court float decorating and planning.
All participants are subject to the same rules and requirements without exception. This means registration fees must be paid, the registration form and waiver must be completed, and all mandatory events should be attended.
Children may only serve as Prince or Princess once but may participate in Service Work for multiple years.
Children must complete the entire length of Service Work in order to be considered for Prince or Princess for the following year (ex. 2021 Service Work participants are eligible for 2022 Royalty).
Children receiving formal titles are required to work Costume Giveaway Day, ride on the Kids’ Court Float in the Halloween Parade, and participate in the Black and Orange Bash and Awards Brunch Program. Costumes, throws and float fees are not included in the Kids' Court registration fee.
The children who display exceptional leadership and service effort will be selected as the Prince and Princess by the Board of Directors. It can be a difficult decision and one that should be respected and supported as final once announced.