Not your fault
Just recently we had started back our junior program at the service where I volunteer. We have inplace strict SOG's as to what the juniors can and can't do. Also Pennsylvania outlines it as well in the child labor law. Just recently some of our mutual aid companies went up to our high school career day and did get a few members. The service that I volunteer with has been serving the community with pride and dedication for 50+ years. We need to embrace the young that have a desire to do what we do. They are our future to make sure our service is viable for a long time. If we discourage the youngsters, who is going to fill our shoes when we are long retired or can't do it anymore ? I have seen 16 and 17 year olds more mature than 30 and 40 year olds !
Now really, if your service had been doing so well you would not have to go to a high school to recruit some kids, would you?
Your right the future is that we should encourage our youth, that can be done by providing scholarships and grants for college level EMS courses. That is if you really cared for their future. When they have completed them, they will be educated and be of age to provide care.
I'm not trying to pick apart your post, but I believe this raises a good point:
The age requirement for an LEO is actually 20 1/2 years of age at time of application and 21 years of age at time of academy. This is strictly due to the fact that federal law governs the age at which an individual can carry a sidearm.
First of all our service is not hard up for membership. We started the junior program up again to attract young members back. We just recently got a bunch of junior and senior members that have joined. Going to the high school has been done for a while. There are services that offer scholarship money to junior members that excel in school. There are also SOG's in place that if a student is getting bad grades or in trouble with the school, that person is suspended from the organization until he/she fixes the problem. I would rather see a kid do something useful than causing trouble. There is nothing wrong with this as long as the dept follows the state child labor guidelines and has good SOG's in place.
Source: http://www.faribault.k1.mn.us/data/f...evelopment.pdf"5. Learning Identity Versus Identity Diffusion (Fidelity)
During the fifth psychosocial crisis (adolescence, from about 13 or 14 to about 20) the child, now an adolescent, learns how to answer satisfactorily and happily the question of "Who am I?" But even the best - adjusted of adolescents experiences some role identity diffusion: most boys and probably most girls experiment with minor delinquency; rebellion flourishes; self - doubts flood the youngster, and so on."
Source: http://www.actforyouth.net/documents...olbraindev.pdf"Recent research by scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has found that the teen brain is not a finished product, but is a work in progress. Until recently most scientists believed that the major "wiring" of the brain was completed by as early as three years of age and that the brain was fully mature by the age of 10 or 12. New findings show that the greatest changes to the parts of the brain that are responsible for functions such as self-control, judgment, emotions, and organization occur between puberty and adulthood. This may help to explain certain teenage behavior that adults can find mystifying,
such as poor decision-making, recklessness, and emotional outbursts."
Source: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2006/02/06.html"In a study aimed at identifying how and when a person's brain reaches adulthood, the scientists have learned that, anatomically, significant changes in brain structure continue after age 18."
""The brain of an 18-year-old college freshman is still far from resembling the brain of someone in their mid-twenties," says Bennett. "When do we reach adulthood? It might be much later than we traditionally think.""
I know I was a hell of a lot better prepared to be an EMT at 18 than I would have been at 16, and that's simply due to maturity. Two years and a high school diploma changes your outlook a bit.
So we should base an entire age specification based solely off of your experience?
Really, whats the difference between 17 and 18 aside from 1 day? Do you instantly get more mature because you made it to 12:00:00 on your 18th birthday?
17 isn't considered a minor, yet you want the limit to be 18. Why is that?
(I know my tone is coming off as unfriendly, but that's text. Trust me, no offenses meant... and to prove it, here's a face! )