Youth and Children’s Service Committee Annual Report 2011-2012

The committee funds programs that support children and youth at risk, and also benefit them in the areas of health, education, social development and life enrichment.

During the year, the committee provided funding to programs that ranged from Canada Youth Boatworks, which engages youth in boat-building and seamanship, to Ground Level Youth Ventures, which teaches youth job and life skills through the operation of a café.

A major commitment of the committee is toward the club’s annual Youth Day. A sub-committee of the Youth and Children’s Service Committee organizes the events of the day and promotes the Youth Day Awards, which are given to outstanding students and funded by the Youth and Children’s Service Committee.

This year’s event was aboriginal-themed and included remarks by Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy and performances by First Nations drummers and dancers.

Another sub-committee organizes the popular and long-standing Christmas Party for physically and mentally challenged children. The Youth and Children’s Service Committee provides major funding this annual event, which has grown so large that this year it needed two Santa’s to hear the children’s requests.

The committee is also interested in reactivating the Rotary Student Exchange Program. In the past, the downtown location of our club has proved a challenge in terms of finding local host families for our students, who attend a North Toronto school. However, it is hoped that the program can start up in 2013-2014.

In addition to granting funds to small programs, such as those mentioned above, the committee this year also referred several projects to the Rotary Foundation.

My thanks go to the members of the committee for their hard work during the year.

Carolyn Purden