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The Youth and Exchange (Y&E) Committee is responsible for all youth exchange and other Rotary exchange activities. The Committee supervises and coordinates the club's New Generations activities including Youth Exchange, Early Act, Interact, Rotaract, Slapshop, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and the unique Welshpool Youth Exchange in colaberation with our "Rotary Twin" club - the Rotary Club of Welshpool in Wales. 

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Every year, more than 7,000 young people will have the opportunity of a lifetime - a chance to live in another country and see the world from a new perspective through Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary Youth Exchange students spend a year living with host families and attending school in a country other than their own. They learn a new way of living, maybe even a new language, and a great deal about themselves. As they learn, they also teach the people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. They are young ambassadors, helping to bring the world closer together and making some good friends in the process.

On the left,  Jayne Kitchen (Port Dover High school) and Justin Jennings (Valley Heights High School) are Norfolk Sunrise 2012-13 outbound exchange students,  They will spend a year abroad attending schools in France and Japan respectively.  On Right, Kate VanTil, Rotary Club of Simcoe's 2012-13 outbound student in Australia/   

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Bryan Lee from Tiawan is the Norfolk Sunrise  inbound exchange student.  During his year in Simcoe Bryan attends Simcoe Composite School and lives with host families in Simcoe area. Bryan (on right) together with exchage students from Delhi and Simcoe Rotary Clubs (Leigh Bathgate, New Zealand and Filip       , Sweden) meet “The Lady of the Lake”, Annaleise Carr


 Click here  to learn more about this exciting Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Follow Rotary exchange student activities in southern Ontario &NW New York (District 7090) on the District 7090 Youth Exchange Facebook page

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A unique youth exchange program started in October 1996 as a friendship exchange between the Rotary Clubs of Welshpool (located in Welshpool, Wales) and Norfolk Sunrise. The exchange provides an opportunity for high school students from the local areas to travel overseas for approximately 10 days and experience the similar, yet very different cultures.

Each year, the students from Welshpool (UK) travel to Norfolk (Canada) during October and the students from Norfolk (Canada) travel to Welshpool (UK) during the March break.

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The motion picture industry is buzzing over the short feature filmed on location at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Word is it may be a possible Oscar nomination for best short foreign film (photo on right).  Check it out here.  Welshpool students ---- Zombie Stars!!

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Norfolk Sunrise is searching for qualified young people to participate in Rotary’s famed RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program. The program will be held from June 10-16th, 2012 at SUNY, College at Fredonia, New York.


 The RYLA program is an inspiring week-long personal development seminar for young people 19-25 years old, who are post-secondary students or recent graduates. The 40- 45 participants live in a dorm at SUNY and work together for a week in an intensive environment of co-operation and learning for personal development and self assessment, studying group dynamics, team development and career development. The program is carefully designed to provide leadership training and experience, including lectures and discussion periods with skilled and prominent facilitators, as well as recreation and fellowship.  For details about this exceptional opportunity click here.  Interested in participating - talk to a Sunriser

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SLAPSHOT – Student Leadership Award Program
designed for Students High on Training, is dedicated to promoting, honoring, celebrating and nurturing young leaders, who are high school students, 15-18 years old. Now in its 7th season, SLAPSHOT is unique to Rotary District 7090. SLAPSHOT takes place over a full weekend, April 26-30, 2012, on the beautiful campus of Canterbury Hills Conference Centre in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.  Norfolk Sunrise sponsors local SLAPSHOT participants.  Click here for details.  Apply now

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EarlyAct™ is a school service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by a local Rotary clubs in the area in which the school is located. EarlyAct™ provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.  EarlyAct™ also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.  Norfolk Sunrise has sponsored EarlyAct clubs in 2 local elementary schools.


Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.   Norfolk Sunrise looks forward to working with other area Rotary clubs and local high schools to establish Interact in Norfolk.

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Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Check out Rotaract on Facebook and on Youtube.  Contact a Rotarian to start a Rotaract club in Norfolk.