YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Worshipful Brother Ron L. Wilson
Grand Director
Order of the Junior Craftsmen

The youth has been a major focus for all bodies aligned with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois. The pre-eminent Youth Organization in the Illinois Jurisdiction is the Order of the Junior Craftsmen.

The Order of the Junior Craftsmen was established in 1938 under the term of Most Worshipful Brother John C. Ellis as a method to introduce young men to the same privileges that are enjoyed by Prince Hall Masons. The first director of the Order was Jay E. Powers. He and many others including Honorary Past Grand Master Corneal Davis worked diligently to provide opportunities for youth through this organization. The Order reached a high point under the leadership of Henry G. Fort in the 1950s and 60s whose efforts with the National Urban League created job training opportunities for the youth. These opportunities continued throughout the years and served as a basis for many youths of that day and age to gain employment once they reached the proper age.

The Order of the Junior Craftsmen has experienced a recent rebirth and is currently working under the direction of Worshipful Brother Ron Wilson to extend to higher heights. Today, the Order is working to enhance our youth by expanding their horizons. In doing so, they will create the future leaders in Illinois communities and, hopefully, of the Craft.