The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill's 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.

The Club is currently empowering and mentoring youth leaders at Cesar Chavez Charter High School and Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC. In 2012 the Rotary Club provided several $5,000 post-secondary scholarships to Capitol Hill high school seniors, and will do so again in 2013.  And in 2011, the Rotary Club of Capital worked with the Washington DC’s Ronald McDonald’s House to support funding of playground equipment for their new housing site in Northeast Washington, DC.

In 2010, New Generations became Rotary International’s Fifth Avenue of Service (the others four areas are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service).


Quoting The ABC’s of Rotary, “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”.


Rotary has long served young people. Programs such as Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA); Rotaract (young adults ages 18-30); and Interact (youth ages 12-18) are formal programs of Rotary International.  Informally, Rotary clubs sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Boys and Girls Clubs, youth sports teams, centers for disabled children, camps and recreational areas, vocational training, and many other programs and projects that benefit children, youth and young adults.


Several Rotary Club of Capitol Hill members have participated in Rotary programs that now fall under New Generations. Over the years, members have hosted a multitude of Youth Exchange Students. While in high school, former club president/member Blair Bennett was a Rotary Youth Exchange student. The club also has members who have, in the past, served as RYLA counselors and as coordinators for 4-Way Test Speech competitions.


Over the years, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has presented Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to students from Cesar Chavez Charter High School and Eastern Senior High School. We currently partner with One World Education in providing educational opportunities to its Youth Ambassadors. This year, our club will sponsor the attendance of a deaf student and an interpreter from Gallaudet University at the United Nations Rotary Day Event in New York City. Last year the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill worked with the Washington DC’s Ronald McDonald’s House to support funding of playground equipment for their new site in Northeast Washington, DC.


Among Rotary Club of Capitol Hill’s 2013 goals for the future, we are exploring the idea of a community-based Interact Club in the greater Capitol Hill area of the city. Interact serves youth ages 12-18.


If you are interested in joining  the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and participating in our New Generations Committee activities, please  Mark Evans at mark.evans@sharetechsolutions.com; Barbara Talisman@btalisman@3talisman.com, or Greg Roberts@Groberts.Rotary@gmail.com.