Sep 262013

From the Rotary Coordinator Blog
By Adam Arents, Program and Promotions Coordinator
New Generations

RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange can be opportunities of a lifetime, but sometimes program participants need a little help from Rotarians to turn these transformative experiences into a lifelong commitment to service.

At its January 2012 meeting, the RI Board of Directors affirmed that service is an essential component of all New Generations activities. Adding a service dimension to your zone’s youth and young adult programs can promote leadership, team-building skills, tolerance, and a commitment to social responsibility.
Rotary Coordinators are uniquely positioned to help clubs and districts take their New Generations Service to the next level. Here are five ways that you can encourage Rotary clubs in your zone to promote service for young people during New Generations Month:
1.    Plan a joint service project with Rotaractors. Collaborate with one club or several to develop an innovative service project together.
2.    Invite RYLA participants and Rotary Youth Exchange students to volunteer at one of your Rotary club’s service events. This can be an energizing way to connect young people from different programs as “partners in service.”
3.    Help Interactors or Youth Exchange students raise funds for ShelterBox, one of Rotary’s project partners. Young people can ask their friends and family to sponsor them to sleep in a tent for a night to raise awareness about disaster relief. Check theShelterBox website for more project ideas.
4.    Encourage Rotaractors and Interactors to plan a project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. New Generations participants can volunteer at a local flu vaccination site, tutor younger students, or hold a community forum on gang violence or bullying.. Find more ideas in Rotary’s Areas of Focus Guide.
5.    Support international service projects through a twin club relationship between a local Rotaract club and a club in another part of the world. Rotary Youth Exchange students can help foster connections between clubs in their sending and hosting districts.
How are you going to take New Generations to the next level in your region?
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