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Jason Kidd named Youth Minister of the Year

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego resident Jason Kidd, center, was named Youth Minister of the Year at the third annual Virtue First Awards ceremony. The awards are offered by the Virtue First Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting virtue to rebuild the character of America. Kidd is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish and leads youth programs for the parish.Lake Oswego resident Jason Kidd was named Youth Minister of the Year at the third annual Virtue First Awards held May 9 at Mt. Angel Festhalle.

Hosted by Virtue First Foundation, the Virtue Awards provide an opportunity to honor teachers, coaches, youth ministers, schools, businesses and health care professionals who demonstrate a commitment to serving youths and promoting virtue.

Founded by Randy Traeger, Virtue First Foundation is dedicated to promoting virtue to rebuild the character of America.

Kidd leads the middle school, high school and young adult programs at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish. Kidd said he wasn’t sure why he received the award, but figured what caught Traeger’s attention was the Rise Up youth rally, a program Kidd has led for the past seven or eight years.

“He offered to cook dinner for our youth rally,” said Kidd. “He donated, cooked, provided and served the meal. Over 500 participants from 30-plus parishes were involved. At least a half dozen religious communities were there — monks from Mt. Angel, sisters.”

This year’s event was held in March at Jesuit High School.

“This is my 13th year working in youth ministry,” Kidd said. “It’s been an amazing joy — I feel I was called into this. I have a heart for teenagers and a great love of God and want to share that with them and show them how to share that love with other people ... show them how to serve the least among us and support each other in authentic community and the beauty of our faith.”

To learn more about the Virtue Awards, visit virtuefirst.org. To learn more about Kidd’s Rise Up rally, visit riseuprally.com.



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