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HOW CAN WE BETTER
ENGAGE YOUTH IN ROTARY?
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It can be argued that
Australia and New
Zealand could both
be called “lucky”
when we compare
lifestyle and general
wellbeing to so many
But we can always
find someone at
home who needs a
Yes, most of the
world’s need is
in places beyond our shores, but that
shouldn’t stop us using The Rotary
Foundation’s resources, including global
grants. for “home” projects.
The basic requirements for a great global
grant at home are pretty much the same
as they are for overseas projects: it needs a
community needs assessment (that makes
sense), it has to be in line with one of our
six Areas of Focus, it needs sustainability so
the good continues after you walk away, it
needs genuine community ownership and
it needs measurable outcomes.
The other thing you need (apart from
money) is an overseas partner, but, in
this case, they will be the international
partner and you will be the host partner.
You might think finding one of those
might be difficult, but it’s dead easy. Any
district in a strong developing nation (like
India) will jump at the chance to support
you, as long as your district will support
Funding will never be a problem,
because we have resources that will
cover most of the costs. The terms and
conditions for global grants tell us that at
least 30 per cent of the combined cash
and district designated funds must come
from outside the country of the project,
so that means up to 70 per cent can
come from our own funds. And then we
have district grants for smaller projects,
and why wouldn’t you put your hand up
for some of that!
There is no end to the possibility of
success at home if you really put your mind
to it. Make a point of reading through the
Guide to Global Grants (1000-EN) and it
will suddenly become very clear.
FIFTY per cent of the world’s population
is under the age of 30. So, it is important
we ask: What do young people want?
Of course, every generation must ask
this question. But it is also an important
question for Rotary today, because our
clubs must evolve if we are to best
serve communities that themselves are
evolving and changing all the time.
The World Economic Forum’s recent
Global Shapers Survey of more than
30,000 people under 30 from 186
countries offers some useful insights.
A majority of the respondents view
climate change and conflict as the
most critical issues we face. They
also value a “start-up ecosystem and
entrepreneurship” as vital to youth
empowerment. However, they are less
optimistic about having their voices
heard. Over half the survey respondents
do not think “young people’s views”
are considered before important
decisions are made in their countries.
(Some good news: During my travels to
several dozen countries this year, many
Rotaractors shared that they believe
their voices are being heard by Rotary
It is clear young people want to make
a difference on issues that matter to our
world and their communities. Above
all, they want to see results when they
commit to a project. A good example
is the father-and-son team of Tulsi
and Anil Maharjan, members of the
Rotary Club of Branchburg Township,
New Jersey. With the help of grants
from our Foundation, Tulsi and Anil are
implementing microcredit, scholarship
and homebuilding projects in Nepal to
help survivors of the 2015 earthquake.
Thanks to changes made at the
2016 Council on Legislation, clubs now
have flexibility to operate as they think
best. This means a broader selection of
club models in terms of how meetings
By embracing this flexibility, we can
create more examples like Anil – a
former e-club member who joined his
father’s Rotary club. Further, I urge you
to personally encourage Rotaractors
to take advantage of the option now
available to join a Rotary club while
they are still members of Rotaract.
Help them learn how our Foundation
can help them achieve their dreams of
Doing Good in the World!
By taking action today, we can pave
the way for more than 200,000 of
Rotary’s future leaders to leave their
own legacy of making a real difference
for generations to come.
Foundation Trustee Chair
“It is clear young people
want to make a difference
on issues that matter
to our world and their
communities. Above all,
they want to see results
when they commit to
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