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Boys' Week

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Red text and illustration of a boy's profile on a yellow background.

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The Whitehead & Hoag Co.
Buttons, Badges, Novelties and Signs
Newark, N.J.

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Organized by the Rotary Club of New York and other local organizations, the first Boys' Week was held in New York City in May 1920. The program was a part of an effort to promote youth development in the areas of education, hygiene, health, and vocation. And by the mid-1920s, Boys' Week would become a global event—being held in nearly 600 locations across 25 countries.  Furthermore, the number of participating towns and cities grew to about 3,000. 


Boys' Week became 'Youth Week' in 1934, and later changed to 'Boys and Girls' Week' in 1936.  

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