May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month, where Rotarians, Rotaractors, and younger members of the Rotary family come together to celebrate the service, leadership development, connections, and fun of Rotary’s programs for young leaders. With over 350,000 young leaders participating in Rotary’s youth programs across Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange, the Youth Service Month is an opportunity to promote the local and global impacts of young leaders and the Rotary and Rotaract clubs that make these programs possible.
There are four ways to participate in the Youth Service Month. Firstly, partnering with young leaders is an excellent way to invite youth participants to Rotary or Rotaract club meetings and together create opportunities for collaboration. Secondly, starting the service-learning journey is an approach to youth service that is youth-led, hones life skills, and has a lasting impact on communities. Rotary’s Learning Center offers interactive courses and downloadable workbooks for adult advisers and youth participants ages 16 and older to get started on their service-learning journey.
Thirdly, attending a webinar is part of the Cultivating Effective Projects webinar series, where Rotary International is hosting a webinar titled Expanding Reach: Partner with Youth in Service. The webinar will provide insights on how to connect and collaborate with youth to increase the impact of projects and develop them into leaders. Lastly, following along for youth-centered stories is a way to learn about Rotary’s young leaders featured across multiple Rotary International platforms, such as the Rotary magazine feature about Interact’s 60th anniversary, the Young Leaders in Action newsletter, Rotary’s blogs Service in Action and Rotary Voices, and Rotary’s social media channels.
The Youth Service Month is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of young leaders and the impact of Rotary’s programs for young leaders. Celebrating Rotary’s Youth Service Month on social media with #RotaryYouthService is a way to share how individuals are participating in the month-long celebration.
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