Five Tips for New Generations Month

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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?

New Generations Month in Action

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Sep 232013

Our District 7770 Ambassadorial Scholars are New Generations Month in Action. At the District Foundation and Membership Seminar, 2012 – 2013 Scholar Allysan Scatterday gave an update on her year in Paris.

She earned a masters in public health and will use her experience to apply to medical school. During her time in Paris, she was able to volunteer on various Rotary projects, including a medical trip to Tunisia to work with abandoned children in an orphanage.

During the school year, she helped to establish an inaugural international conference on public health issues, and she traveled to Berlin to represent her Rotary area.

She said her scholar experience changed her life and the direction of her medical studies. She hopes to use her education to do more medical volunteering. We in District 7770 are proud to have Allysan and our other scholars represent both our District and our country as an ambassador for Rotary.

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