Chair: Dianne Day & Erik Mjoen
Meets: Third Friday of the month, after the Club meeting in the meetin room at the Marriott.
(Date is subject to change. Members, please confirm with committee chair)
 
Youth Service projects acknowledge the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.  Following are examples of Youth Services projects undertaken by our committee.
 
USD Upward Bound: Provides an “I’m Going to College Gift Certificate” to first-generation and low income high school seniors who are entering college. LJGT Rotary Club contributes a gift certificate ranging in value from $35 - $50, depending on the number of seniors. Club volunteers are invited to the Senior Banquet to award the gift certificate to each senior. 
 
Hands of Peace:  An exceptional student, selected by Preuss teachers attends the Hands of Peace Conference.
 
Interact Club:  Comprised of high school students at Preuss School and University City High School who are involved in community service projects of their own and assist with Rotary Club projects when possible.  These students also participate in Skype calls with Sister Schools.
 
Model United Nations: A LJGT Rotary Club program that involves students from San Diego area high schools in a multi-day simulation of the operation of the United Nations through discussion of current issues and simulation of an international event. 
 
Rotaract Program: Introduces college level students at UCSD to Rotary by weekly meetings to plan community service and fundraising, with guidance from LJGT Rotary Club members. 
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA): RYLA is a three-day District-wide conference held at Idyllwild Pines Camp that presents training in leadership skills to Juniors. Students who are outstanding school or community leaders with a strong service background are encouraged to apply.  At camp, students are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities and discuss the ethical and social issues of today.  These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve. 
 
Salk Mobile Science Lab:  Each year the Mobile Science Lab travels to 20 schools all over San Diego county.  During the three-day curriculum students conduct experiments designed to illustrate that traits are passed from generation to generation through a set of instructions called DNA.  Students not only learn about the structure and function of DNA, but also the techniques that are used for DNA fingerprinting and to screen for diseases.  All the necessary equipment and a team of volunteers are brought to the classroom where a group of 90-150 students practice hands-on interactive science for three days.  La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarians can and have volunteered to assist teachers with the three-day lab.
 
Service Above Self Award:  A certificate is awarded monthly at the Club meeting to a student who improves his/her grades, performs community service and demonstrates ideals of Rotary International.  Two scholarships are awarded annually to students at Preuss School for his/her college education.
 
Sister Schools: Skype call video conferences have been arranged with students and teachers at the Preuss School and schools in Jalalabad Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to exchange information about school subjects, daily activities and thoughts about future plans for education and personal development.
 
Four Way Speech Contest:  The Four-Way Speech contest is a district-wide competition in which high school students prepare and present a talk that applies the four-way test criteria to a situation of their own choosing and present it to Rotary Clubs.  Club winners advance to regional competition and a district winner is determined at the annual district conference.  Rotarians work with local high school speech teachers (in our case, Preuss, University City High School and La Jolla Country Day) to coach the students to improve their presentation.  An award is given to the student who presents the best speech.
 
LEAD:  LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, and Determination) is a leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students.  Students are selected to participate based upon past leadership experience, future potential for leadership, ability to collaborate with others, service activities and academics.  LEAD encourages students to discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communications skills, become self-motivated to reach goals, and develop a positive outlook on life, all while have fun and making friends.
 
Preuss 6th Grade Wild Animal Park:  120 sixth grade students experience an educational day at the wild animal park to participate in labs and learn about the environment and care of wild animals.
 
Youth Leadership Conference:   Teachers at Preuss select an exceptional student to attend the Youth Leadership Conference.
 
Rotary Readers:  A program initiated at Spreckels Elementary School to help struggling first grade readers.  Rotary volunteers spend an hour a week working with students to help them develop better reading skills