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When school is out for the summer, most children are thrilled. However, for more than 8,000 children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area, this is often a scary and stressful time. Thousands lose stability, access to daily free meals and a place to feel safe and cared for. Most homeless shelters do not accept unaccompanied youth under 18 and there are minimal options for children of working parents who cannot afford day-care.
Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.
CAMP RISE promises an exciting opportunity for campers to enjoy four days and three nights of swimming, hiking, crafts and sports at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our campers will also be able to partake in team-building and self-confidence exercises with our attentive and enthusiastic staff.
Following the International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14) , District 6040 is hosting a delegation of African Rotarians on a very short Friendship Exchange onJune 16-18. Rotarians will be in Kansas City for two nights and three days and will stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel near KCI. The Out of Africa planning committee is looking for local hosts who’s responsibilities will be to attend events, provide transportation and companionship and host African Rotarians during the day to various tourist attractions around KC. The daily schedule will be determined by the African Rotarian’s interests. The event costs (reception Friday evening, lunch Saturday noon and reception/dinner Saturday evening) for local Rotarians will be about $75/person. Please contact Jan Armstrong at JArmst2298@aol.com or Marc Horner at MHorner@aol.com if you are interested in being a host. Cassy Venters has additional details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 RYLA - Applications due by March 1
Though the deadline is March 1, we would encourage all RYLA applications be submitted to Ann Leabo at ALeabo@hopehouse.net by mid-February. We will still accept applications until March 1, but there may not be space available. There are two RYLA sessions this year:
RYLA #1 is June 25 – 28
RYLA #2 is July 9 – 12.
The application form for Plaza Club RYLA applicants can be accessed using this link, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37448611/RYLA%202017%20Application%20-%20Plaza%20club.pdf Please submit completed applications to Ann Leabo.
What is RYLA? The Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night training program for high school Sophomores and Juniors who exhibit a desire for community service. Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self."
For additional information, please contact Ann Leabo or visit http://www.missouriryla.com.