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  1. RotaryYouth Exchange District 7090

  2. agenda • Introduction Aad / Youth Exchange @ District level • History & Why we do it • How it works / Qualifications / Costs & Obligations • Meet Nate Wigren • Student Selection & Preparation • Youth Exchange @ Club Level • Hosting A Student • Meet Melanie Redeye • Get Involved!!

  3. Aad Vermeyden • President Blueprint Agencies • Member of Rotary Club of Brantford (4 years) • Chair District Youth Exchange Committee • Committee Members: • Lisa Yaggie • Laurie Albertsson • Sarah Reardon • Bob Stevenson • John Bradley • Joanna Turchin • Ray Tisi • New Generations

  4. Rotary Youth exchange • > 8,000 Students to over 60 Countries • 86% of all Rotary Districts participate • Open to all • Affordable!!

  5. Youth exchange history • 1927 first European exchanges • 1939 California exchanges with Latin America • 1958 Eastern US gets involved • 1972 YOUTH EXCHANGE becomes official within RI

  6. Why do we do it? • Cultural understanding • Broader view of the world • Deeper understanding of themselves • Leadership & communication skills • International understanding > world peace

  7. District 7090 Youth exchange • 27 Inbounds and 27 Outbounds per Year • Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand & Australia • Argentina, Brazil & Mexico • Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Hungary

  8. How it works • Short Term Exchange • New Generation Exchange • Long Term Exchange • Ages 15 – 18 • One Year • Educational Exchange (High School) • Living with (3) Host Families

  9. Students that qualify • Above-average student • Demonstrated leadership skills • Open to new experiences and cultural differences • Sponsored by a local Rotary Club • Completed written application and in-person interview

  10. What are the costs to the student? • Round-trip airfare • Health & Accident insurance • Travel documents (visa, etc) • Emergency fund • Spending money

  11. What do we ask of our students? • Act as an Ambassador for your home country • Abide by all program rules of your host club & district • Accept the supervision of host family, club & district • Ask questions of your host family and local Rotarians • Be an active participant in your exchange

  12. Nate wigren

  13. Student selection • Sep Advertise program through high schools, newspapers, etc. • Sep/Oct Short form applications • Oct/Nov Club interviews • Jan District interviews

  14. District 7090 ye preparation • Sep Inbound Orientation • Oct District Conference • Dec Buffalo Weekend • Jan District Interviews • FebAlgonquin Rotary Outdoor Leadership Exp. • Mar Outbound Orientation (w/Parents) • May Jamestown Weekend • Jun Niagara Historic Hike • Aug Outbound Evaluation

  15. Algonquin R.O.L.E.

  16. Rotary involvement • Counselor Sponsor Rotary Club • YEO Sponsor Rotary Club • Vice-Chair Region – District YE Committee 7090 • Inbound Coordinator Host Country • YEO Host Rotary Club • Counselor Host Rotary Club

  17. Hosting a student • 2 – 4 months • Treat as your own child • Enrolled in high school

  18. Hosting a student

  19. Youth exchange at club level • Youth Exchange Officer& Committee • Promotion • Selection of Student(s) • Host Families • Look after Inbound Exchange Student(s) • Club meetings, Invite to homes/outings, stipend, District weekends, presentation(s) • Pay for Outbound (YE Preparation) Weekends and Inbound YE Weekends

  20. Melanie redeye

  21. Get involved! • Host a student • Host Family • Game, Concert, Weekend Away • Encourage students to apply for the program • www.rotaryye7090.org • aad@blueprintagencies.com