Youth are the future of our society. Sertoma recognizes the need to invest in our nation’s greatest resource – our YOUTH – and help young people become better citizens of tomorrow. Sertoma created the Serteen and Collegiate programs to help high school and college age students to be active in serving mankind on both a local and national level. The programs help members develop both leadership and social skills, while working together to plan social activities, service projects and fundraisers to benefit their community.
Serteens are young men and women who are interested in the world around them and who are motivated to improve their world through SERvice TO MAnkind. The Serteen club program is open to young people 11 through 19. The clubs are organized in junior high, middle and high schools, as well as in the community. Membership is open to young men and women with no restrictions to race, color, disability, creed, gender, national origin or religion.
Sertoma clubs organize Serteen clubs. Each sponsoring Sertoma club has a club member who serves as a liaison to the Serteen club. However, Serteen members decide what needs are most important in their schools or communities. Serteen clubs have their own constitution and bylaws, and elect their own leaders. They raise their own money, choose their own service projects, and plan their own activities. Above all else, Serteens learn about themselves and their leadership skills as they provide service to their schools and their communities.
Collegiate Sertoma Clubs are organized so young men and women may become active in providing service to their universities, colleges, and their communities. While members of Collegiate Sertoma clubs serve others, they learn about themselves. Club membership is open to young men and women, college age through graduation or 25 years of age (whichever comes first). Collegiate Sertomans are encouraged to become members of Sertoma clubs upon graduation or leaving school.
Collegiate Sertoma clubs promote the growth of individuals, good government, leadership, mutual tolerance and understanding among all people. Collegiate members learn the joy and satisfaction of being involved in service projects that improve life in their schools and communities. The clubs are organized on college and university campuses or in the community. Membership is open to young men and women with no restrictions to race, color, disability, creed, gender, national origin or religion.
Serteen and Collegiate merchandise is available for purchase through Sertoma Headquarters. Sertoma clubs may purchase member pins and certificates for their Serteen clubs. For more information, or to purchase merchandise, use the form provided to the right.
Elizabeth Quinley, a three-time award winner of the Sertoma Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship, gives her first hearing test at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Missouri. The scholarship money she received from Sertoma provided her with the books and resources that she needed for her audiology classes, and inspired her to become a lifelong member of Sertoma
The Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) located in Olathe, Kansas, was provided with a new digital library to help students learn both American Sign Language (ASL) and English at the same time. The donation was provided by the Kansas City Sertoma Club, of Kansas City, Missouri.