Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders.
Our committee organizes and sponsors programs to help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a 4 day leadership training course for 11th graders who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Unlike in past years, this year the course will be held on-line with non consecutive small group meetings and engaging content (several meetings each week). Each local group will look for a locally based service activity put ideas into practice.
NKHS Interact Club
The Youth Service Committee sponsors and mentors the North Kitsap High School Interact Club. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills and learn about the world through service projects and activities. Our Interact club collected 6000 lbs for a Fishline food drive, and assisted in our club with Viking Tour, our Rotary Gala fundraiser, and in events with the Trashy Task force.
Our Gems/Our Gents
OurGEMS, Our Girls Empowered through Mentorship and Service, has been in Bremerton for 10 years now. The program started with 9 girls and there are over 400 involved now. The second set of participants are in advanced degree programs in college. The purpose of the program is to “hone the gems” that are the young women who participate. The program starts in elementary school (8 year olds) and moves with the girls through high school, college and beyond. Those involved form strong bonds with each other for support and empowerment. A newer program called OurGents for young men is just getting off the ground.
Our committee has provided financial support to a variety of other programs and projects. For example:
- Support for Kitsap Strong and impact of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
- Purchase of iPads for local elementary schools
- The Coffee Cart, Poulsbo
- Purchase of virtual reality glasses for NK Schools
- Contribution to the Burke Museum
We can always use new members who have an interest in youth mentoring and projects.