Camden Rotary launches Youth Are the Future program

Feb 25, 2014

Camden — Camden Rotary Club has launched the Youth Are the Future program, a major new effort to support the development and education of youth in the Knox County area, with a focus on the five towns of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, and Appleton.

The club will dedicate more than $30,000 to the new program in 2014. In addition, said President Tony Bates, the club will dedicate most of the money raised by its July 4th Music by the Sea concerts to youth-related efforts. .

“We are very excited about what Youth are the Future can do to help in the development and education of area youth of all ages,” Bates said in a news release. “We believe that local businesses and individuals will get behind this program with generous sponsorships and donations. We expect this program will grow substantially as we move forward. It will emphasize youth development in the areas of leadership, citizenship and personal growth.”

The Youth are the Future program will provide funding for post-secondary scholarships for students graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School (ages 17–19); scholarships that make camp experiences possible for elementary and middle school students (ages 6–13); exchanges for high-school students who wish to study abroad and experience another culture (ages 15–18). Rotary Youth Exchange also brings students from abroad to our community to learn about American culture and interact with our culture; Rotary Interact Club, providing opportunities for high school students to participate in building a strong community, including learning Rotary’s Four-Way Test of ethical behavior.

It will also provide for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, emphasizing leadership, citizenship, and personal growth and providing an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders; and support other youth projects evaluated by the club and found to be constructive and supportive of the development of area youth.

Donations to the Youth are the Future Program may be made through sponsorships of the July 4th Music by the Sea benefit concerts held in the Camden Amphitheater and Harbor Park, or by contacting the Youth are the Future administrator, Bruce Cole, at 691-4893.

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