The Rotary Leadership Circle program cultivates leadership, belonging and employability skills among youth.
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 – WINNIPEG: While most youth kick back and relax during their summer holidays, youth from Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) have become invested in their community. For the past 6 weeks, youth involved in the Rotary Leadership Circle (RLC) program learned the critical skills they need to build strong, healthy, and vibrant neighbourhoods.
Operating in 18 sites across the city, 164 RLC “Youth Leaders” (participants) aged 10 – 14 have positively contributed to various neighbourhoods and explored new areas in Winnipeg. They have participated in park clean ups, money management and resume writing workshops, visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, toured the Winnipeg airport and the Mint, and attended the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, to name a few. Our Youth Leaders have also volunteered at local charities including Agape Table, Winnipeg Harvest and Siloam Mission. After having volunteered, different RLC sites came together to host fundraisers, such as a bake sale, to raise funds for a charity of their choice. The United Way of Winnipeg, Siloam Mission, and Cancer Care Manitoba are among those that received a donation from our youth. The diverse exploration of leadership and community building enables youth to not only recognize their own potential, but also the potential of our city. It is through building skills and knowledge that our youth become equipped with the necessary tools to create positive change in their communities.
To conclude the program we are hosting a graduation ceremony to recognize the hard work that the Youth Leaders have done over the summer and how much they have grown as individuals. We will be presenting the youth with certificates as well as announcing the 2017 valedictorians.
Rotary Leadership Circle Graduation
Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Ave)
Light refreshments will be served.
This program is possible thanks to the support of the Rotary Clubs of Winnipeg, Gail Asper O.C., O.M., LL.D and Michael Paterson, The Winnipeg Foundation - Chipman Family Foundation, The Graham C. Lount Family Foundation, and the C.P. Loewen Family Foundation.
Pictured Above: Sites from Spence Neighbourhood Association, West Central Community Program and Norquay & Freight House Boys and Girls Clubs teamed up to run a bake sale at the University of Winnipeg
Pictured Below: The Rossbrook House RLC group donated the proceeds of their bake sale to United Way of Winnipeg