Rotary and the Young People
Right now, tomorrow's global leaders could be teenagers looking for a way to make a difference in their communities, high school graduates experiencing the college life or even young professionals seeking opportunities for serve.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said,
"We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future."
For a long time, Rotarians have strongly supported youth activities with a view to help them prepare for the future. Rotary International has put in place youth programs for just about every age group, with Rotarians acting as a guiding force. These programs are designed to allow the young people to discover more about themselves and the world by participating in community projects, leadership training, or cultural exchanges.
Put differently, these programs provide the young people with fun filled opportunities to test their talents / abilities, develop character, demonstrates the value of hard-work ,develop skills as well as gain knowledge necessary for developing into responsible, productive members of society; locally and internationally.
The New Generations Programs (formerly referred to as youth programs) include Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary International has designated, the month of September as "New Generations Month". During this month Rotarians take time to focus on all Rotary activities that support the fundamental needs of the New Generations : health, human values, education and self-development among many others. More information:
Have a look at Introduction to New Generations Service manual.
New Generations as the Fifth Avenue of Service.
Learn more about Rotary's programs for Students and Youth