07/05/12 Rotary International has official structured programs for youth and young adults ages 12-18. Interact and Rotaract are service club opportunities, based in schools, universities, or communities, but young people can also participate in Rotary Youth Exchange—including New Generations Exchange—and RYLA throughout these years. As you can see, there are no “gaps” between these programs. Students can join Interact at 12—participate in Rotary Youth Exchange as a secondary school student—join a university-based Rotaract club that participates in RYLA—and, as a young professional, join a community-based Rotaract club and then a Rotary club. The important point is that once all programs are active in your district, you have the best chance of keeping NG participants engaged from age 12 to adulthood. Although individual Rotarians have a responsibility to stay connected with former program participants and help them identify their next Rotary opportunity, the district has a role in creating a local environment that makes these transitions easier. The following slides discuss ways that Rotarians can individually promote and cross-promote these programs, help develop districts where New Generations programs flourish, and create strategies that allow easier transitions from New Generations programs into Rotary clubs.
07/05/12 Each year, thousands of young men and women participate in Rotary’s New Generations programs, which enable them to develop new skills, serve their communities, and foster international understanding. However, once young people complete their Rotary Youth Exchange, return from a RYLA event, or “outgrow” their Interact or Rotaract club, they can lose their connection to Rotary. What can YOU do to ensure that these motivated, dynamic young people stay engaged and involved in the Family of Rotary? There is a lot that you can do at the club level to introduce program participants to their next meaningful Rotary experience! The next slides cover tips for Rotarians for each program.
07/05/12 Interact is often a young person’s first Rotary experience. Rotarians can make sure that it is not their last Rotary experience by telling them about other opportunities like Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, and Rotaract. Rotary clubs can help Rotaract and Interact clubs connect. They can invite Interactors to attend Rotary club meetings and to help out at service projects. Rotarians can send representatives to Interact club meeting, turn out Rotarian volunteers for Interact service projects, and find leadership opportunities for Interactors at the district level. When Interactors turn 18, they may move to another city—or another district—for university or work. Celebrate this next step on their Rotary journey, and help connect them with a Rotaract club at their university or in their new community.
07/05/12 RYLA is the most flexible and adaptable of the New Generations programs. Young people can participate at any age, and many districts hold “young” RYLAs for secondary school students and “advanced” RYLAs for university students and young professionals. Young people may participate multiple times during their Rotary journey! RYLA can help “recharge” Interactors and Rotaractors by providing leadership skills, help club members learn how to work together and offer a fun and energizing way to start a new Rotary year or celebrate New Generations month. RYLA can help prepare Rotary Youth Exchange students for their exchange, and it can help inbound students feel at home in their new country. Consider how your club and district can use RYLA to help connect ALL of the New Generations programs.
07/05/12 Remember to invite Interactors and RYLA students to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange program in your district. Rotaractors can also be involved in New Generations exchange—a short-term exchange program for those ages 18-25.
07/05/12 As a Rotarian, you can help foster an environment where Rotary and Rotaract clubs work together as partners. Set a goal for three joint activities over the year which may include a social event, a service project, or a professional development opportunity. Create mentorship relationships between individual Rotarians and Rotaractors. Invite Rotaractors to be regular guests, participants, and speakers at your club meetings. Invite them to prospective member nights so that they can find out more about your club. Working jointly with Rotaract increases the social, service, and professional connections that facilitate Rotaractors joining Rotary! Get to know them. Help them get to know you and learn all that rotary has to offer!
07/05/12 Community-based Rotaract clubs can play a vital role in your district. They can bring New Generations and Rotary Foundation alumni together. They can carry out service projects locally and globally. They can prepare young professionals for membership in Rotary. A community-based Rotaract club is made up of young adults, ages 18 to 30, in a city, community, or region. Since community-based clubs draw on a greater range of ages and backgrounds than university-based clubs, they have a more active, stable, and diverse membership. These capable and energetic young professionals can take on more challenging service projects, fundraisers, and events. They can work as true partners in service with Rotarians. In addition, these community-based clubs offer their members a Rotary-like experience even as they develop Rotaractors into qualified members. Community-based Rotaract clubs can provide that missing piece between your district’s youth activities and its membership development goals
07/05/12 The structured programs of New Generations are not the only way to ensure that New Generations participants become Rotarians. You can develop opportunities locally, at the club or district level, that provide stepping stones for young people. A 32-year old former Rotaractor may not be ready for the responsibilities of Rotary membership, but he or she may want to volunteer at a Rotary service project, come to a professional networking night, join a team for a 5K charity run, bring his/her family to a picnic at the park, or participate in other district opportunities. Think about what comes between Rotaract and an invitation to Rotary club membership.
New generations, New Rotarians
New Generations Rotary’s Fifth Avenue of ServiceNew Generations-NewRotarians
Today’s Agenda• Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotarians• Opening remarks with Moderator Alberto Cecchini• TBD with Rotarian Eva Brodehl• TBD with Rotaractor Mitty Chang• TBD with Past RI Vice President Monty Audenart• Q&A• Closing remarks with Moderator Alberto Cecchini
Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotarians http://vimeo.com/rotary
Our Family of Programs Rotary Youth Exchange 15-19 Rotaract 18-30 Interact 12-1812 years 30 years Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Tips for Staying Connected:What Individual Rotarians Can Do
Encourage Rotaractors to mentor Interactors Invite Interactors to help with your service projects—and volunteer at theirs, too! Connect Interactors with other Rotary opportunities Help graduating Interactors find university or community- based Rotaract clubs
Ask former RYLA participants to serve as next year’s counselors and facilitators Plan a RYLA reunion Connect RYLA participants to Interact or Rotaract clubs—or help them start their own clubs Have RYLA students share their experiences at your Rotary club meeting
Encourage Youth Exchange students to participate in RYLA or Interact in your district and hen their exchange is complete Invite Youth Exchange students to share their experiences at your Rotary club meeting Send birthday/holiday cards to former students
Plan joint events, like a networking night, or develop a service project together Recruit Rotaractors for RYLA or New Generations Exchange Assign Rotarian mentors to Rotaractors Invite Rotaractors to present their successes to your club
More Resources for RotariansTips, resources, website banners, videos, downloadable resources, and colorful promotion cards to share with Rotarians in your districts. www.rotary.org/alumni
Bridging the gap between NewGenerations and Rotary
Provide Stepping Stones Join our FB page Come to our social event Be a part of our professional networking night Help out at our service event Join or help start a community- based Rotaract club Participate in New Generations Exchange (18-25) or Group Study Exchange (18-40) Speak to our Rotary club about your experience at the Rotaract Preconvention, Group Study Exchange, or RYLA Join our Rotary club!