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September is New Generations Service month. New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
Boise Sunrise Rotary is committed to involving youth and young adults in our vocational, community, and international service projects, and to providing programs and resources that support them. We sponsor students for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and support the Treasure Valley Youth Leadership Collaborative. We also participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange and provide substantial support to the Hope House in Marsing, Idaho.
Why does Rotary support our youth? The famous celllist Pablo Casals says it best:
"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."
What an honor it was to be presented with a grant to cover the education of two high school students. We know that Boise Sunrise supports many worthy causes in the community and abroad. We are grateful to have been considered and awarded the gift.