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2016 Rotary Youth Programs The Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay supports many youth activities including the Rotary Youth Exchange and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Rotary Youth Exchange Rotary Youth Exchange is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Typically, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year. They are expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country. Short term exchange programs are also quite common. These typically involve direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary to coincide with major school holiday periods. We sponsored an inbound exchange student from China and an outbound exchange student to Japan last year. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people ages 10 to 13 attend these programs. Participants are sponsored by Rotary clubs to attend the event which is organizied and facilitated by the Rotary District committee comprised of local Rotarians. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential and are expected to return to their school to implement the skills learned. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly takes the form of a seminar, camp or workshop to develop character and leadership skills and to learn about Rotary. RYLA aims to: Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth. Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders. Encourage leadership of youth by youth. Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities. Every RYLA program covers the following core topics: Fundamentals of leadership. Ethics of positive leadership. Importance of communication skills in effective leadership. Problem solving and conflict management. Rotary’s purpose and service to the community. Building self-confidence and self-esteem. Elements of community and global citizenship.