We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
– Franklin D Roosevelt
Youth is a phase of life where dreams are built and a bright future is envisioned. It is the age of discovery and dreams. These are the years to foster moral principles, construct value systems and begin an all-new journey on the righteous path. No doubt the nation’s strength is in its youth. The greatest wealth and strength of any nation is its youth. The future of a nation lies in the hands of its posterity. The quality of its youth determines the kind of future the nation will have. Therefore, if we want to ensure a bright future for our country, we first need to strengthen and empower our youth. The youth of a nation and society are its potential energy. They are the powerhouse and storehouse of infinite energy.
All clubs and districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of the GenNext by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognising the diversity of their needs.
Interact clubs give students the opportunities to take initiatives, develop leadership and teamwork skills, community service ethics and international understanding.
Through the Rotary Youth Exchange, we hope to create a more interconnected and understanding world. One of Rotary’s primary goals is promoting world peace, and through the RYE, it aims to make the world a more peaceful place, one exchange at a time.
RYLA is a leadership development programme for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.
New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customisable programme for university students and professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.
Let me commend each one of you for being Covid Warriors, be it at the district, city or street-level. Rotarians have done their bit to help the needy in different ways. Thank you for answering our clarion call to give to the PM CARES Fund. Our cumulative donations to the fund have crossed ₹100 crore and our services another ₹100 crore. God bless you all.
Stay safe at home.
RI Director, 2019-21