Last October at the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference, Young Skeptics announced plans for national expansion and has been preparing ever since. Two curriculum developers have been added to the organization’s staff, and they’re working feverishly to get materials ready for the launch of new chapters. In the meantime, Young Skeptics’ Operations Director, Dan Courtney, has been reaching out to individuals and groups who have expressed interest in starting a club at their local elementary school.
The organization, focused on developing critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning skills for elementary school kids, was launched in 2015 in Churchville, NY as an alternative to the predatory evangelical Good News Club. Young Skeptics was the first after-school club of its kind and received both national and local media attention at launch from the Washington Post, Religion News Service, and many others, including Answers in Genesis. Since its successful pilot in upstate NY, the organization has been eyeing national expansion in order to have maximum impact.
New chapters are now laying the groundwork locally in order to prepare for launch in January 2017, but it’s not too late to sign up. If you or your local secular/skeptic group are interested in starting a chapter in your local school, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be in touch to give you more information and help you get started. The most important items you need are willing volunteers and a passion to teach kids how to think, not what to think.