The Rotary Club of Wall Street has, in the year 2012, ventured into establishing a presence and relationship with local schools in the areas of Interact and Rotaract. Our work with Rotaract has been especially fruitful, as we have identified Pace University in Downtown Manhattan as a college where Rotaract can be of great assistance to the students and the community in general. As of the beginning of 2013, students and administrators have been identified to lead the future Rotaract Club of Pace University. Through the efforts of Rotary Club of Wall Street liaison to Rotaract Arian Almas, a strong core of students has been formed that will shape the backbone of the club.
With Pace University administration support, the Rotaract Club of Pace University will be chartered in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Initial meetings with student Rotaract leaders have already created an environment of creative thinking, with initiatives planned out for September 2013 that includes a guest speaker series, a program to assist new international students at Pace, adopting a park, regular visits to help at soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and various social events. Until then, Pace University students will be able to attend Rotary Club of Wall Street meetings to become familiar with the Rotary atmosphere and to continue to build a strong relationship between the two clubs, with an outlook to spreading the Rotaract system to other colleges as well.
Interact is a global community service organization for high school students – essentially the “high school version” of Rotary. Each Interact Club is sponsored by a local Rotary Club, and RCWS is working to establish clubs at two lower Manhattan high schools: Stuyvesant High School and the High School of Economics & Finance. Students meet weekly to organize service events and fundraisers benefiting the local and global community. Interact Club is a main focus of the District New Generations Committee because today’s Interactors may become tomorrow’s Rotarians.
The Rotary Club of Wall Street supports the charitable work of high school students in the Lower Manhattan community. Establishing and backing Interact clubs is one of the main objectives of our club’s Youth Activities Committee.