Youth Service
Our 2018-2019 Youth Service Committee:
 
 
Rob Hardy – Chair
Jinni Demine, Past President
Kristian Himberg-Larsen, Treasurer
Sandi Ramsay, Director
Grant Southwell, Past President
Gord Bunt, Member
Theresa Ayres, Member
 
 
Chair Rob Hardy can be reached at youth@trentonrotary.ca
 
Youth Service refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary.
 
Past RI President Luis Vicente Giay coined the term New Generations when he shared his belief that the future of Rotary relied on involving young people in the organization’s programs and activities. At the 1996 RI Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he said:
 
“Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference between success and failure. The New Generations are our investment in the future. Let us begin to build that future today.”
 
New Generations Service - renamed Youth Service in 2013 - became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution:
 
Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community, international service projects and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
 
The Rotary Club of Trenton is committed to providing programs and resources that support our youth - the New Generation. Our club participates in and supports the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Spelling Bee, Interact Programs  and a Rotaract Program.
 

Our Youth Services Initiatives

    

Rotary Youth Exchange is a worldwide program involving more than 80 countries with some 8000 students participating each year. The first seeds for Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program were sown by the Rotary Club of Copenhagen, with a small-scale European program that started in 1929. A decade later saw the first the student exchanges to take place in the Americas. In 1972, Rotary International (RI)endorsed the program to clubs world-wide as a “worthwhile international activity”. The program has grown into what is a very active and vibrant program that is available to students world-wide today.
The Rotary Club of Trenton sponsors the Murray Centennial Public School and the Stockdale Public School EarlyAct clubs.  Grade school students lead the clubs with support from school staff and Rotary Club of Trenton members.  The students learn about leadership and community involvement at local and international levels, and have fun too!
The Rotary Club of Trenton sponsors the Rotaract Club at Loyalist College.  Rotaract provides young adults with continued exposure to Rotary and leadership training, and they provide RTW with energy, enthusiasm and on-the-ground support for community projects.