Beautillion Youth Learn Altruism on Rights of Passage Journey to Manhood

Arriving in a wave following dance practice for their formal presentation as young men, nine young  men who are participants in the 18th Biennial Les Beautillion Militaire, presented the staff at the Ronald McDonald House with three carts of donations for the non-profit organization that supports families of sick children.  The young men, dubbed “Beaux” were a contingency representing the larger group of 12 who are taking part in the six-month journey to the Beautillion themed, “Distinguished Gentleman…Soaring into Possibilities.”

A beautillion for young men, like a cotillion or a debutante ball for young women, is a rite of passage that formally presents teenagers to cotillion or a debutante ball for young women, is a rite of passage that formally presents teenagers to society as adults. While many teens mark that milestone on a graduation stage or at a school prom, Jacksonville’s presenting Jack and Jill Chapter has its own traditions.

Throughout the Beautillion season which began last summer, workshops and activities helped to shape the trajectory of the young men. Workshops included topics such as “Financial Literacy,” “Sex, Drugs and Hip Hop,” “Leadership,” and “Situational Awareness.”

The community service project was also a required activity for the Beaux which they planned and executed independently by the high school juniors and seniors. The activity stressed the importance of giving back to the world.

All money raised from the event funds Jack and Jill’s two scholarships: Shannon Smith McCants Memorial Pharmacy Scholarship and the L.E.A.D. (Leaders Emerging as Dreamers) STEM Scholarship.

“We want the community to know that there is still time to support this event, said Aleizha Baston, Jack and Jill spokeswoman.

The Jack and Jill organization dedicates its resources toward improving the programming activities of their chapters by nurturing future community trustees through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.  The local Jacksonville Chapter has provided programming serving the needs of Jacksonville youth since its founding in 1968. The event is scheduled for February 25th at 6 p.m. inside The Renaissance in St. Augustine, Florida.

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