While Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is new to our district, I am very excited about its potential. Mike Parks and his team (especially Mike) are doing a fabulous job of establishing this program in our district.
Here are the top reasons I like Rotary Youth Exchange:
- Rotary Youth Exchange changes young lives forever. Everyone who has been through the program, and there are a good many in our district, report that it changed their life, giving them more confidence and a broader understanding of the world.
- RYE is a full exchange program. I think this is one of the most overlooked benefits of Rotary Youth Exchange. For every inbound student our district accepts we can send a Georgia kid overseas. And the cost of sending one of our kids overseas? Travel expenses and spending money. That's it.
- Rotary Youth Exchange is a Rotary program. RYE is a full Rotary program. That means we have the full resources of Rotary behind us in recruiting students from around the world and placing our own kids overseas.
- Georgia public high schools don't charge tuition. Because the clubs don't have to pay tuition, the program is very cost effective. Not every club can afford to host a college student, but all clubs can afford to host a high school student.
As your club is planning next year, I urge you to take a serious look at Rotary Youth Exchange.
For more information contact Mike Parks or look for Rotary Youth Exchange on the district website under About Us ... or just click https://rotary6900.org/RYE