Youth and Vocational Committee

The Youth and Vocational Committee aims to support programs and opportunities for youth in the community.

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge Youth and Vocational Committee provides opportunities to youth in our community through its continued support of existing programs and scholarships, as well as occasionally supporting carefully curated one-time benefits to deserving youth or one in need. The committee also assists with funding for vocational costs for individuals on a assessed / needed basis.

Uxbridge Youth Centre

The Uxbridge Youth Centre (UYC) offers a variety of programs to youth between the ages of 11 and up. The dedicated space, in the Uxbridge Seniors Centre, is a community hub for students needing a safe, comfortable, social space that is both positive and inclusive. The UYC offers volunteer opportunities to students in need of fulfilling their high school volunteer hours. Rotary is a proud supporter of the Uxbridge Youth Centre and the much-needed programs they provide to our community.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has been an annual supporter of our local Canadian Tire Jumpstart program since its inception. The Jumpstart program provides funding for local youth to participate in sports and other activities within the community that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Uxbridge Music Scholarship

The committee provides a $500.00 donation to the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Trust for a local student who will be pursuing music at the post-secondary level.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

Each year, we fund the cost of sending a student with emerging leadership qualities to a one-week program at the YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in Schomberg. During their time there, under the tutelage of Rotarians and educators, the RYLA students learn to identify their strengths and abilities and take steps to enhance their leadership qualities.

Adventure in Citizenship

Leadership comes in many forms. Students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Each year, an interested Grade 11 student within the community is identified and given the opportunity to go to Ottawa to experience – first-hand – the workings of our federal government and to learn how our legislature functions.

Partners in Service

Partners in service represents the coordination of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge with other area Rotary Clubs and service groups, to assist in the purchase of items pertaining to the medical, physical, vocational or independent living needs of vetted individuals in Durham region. All of the partnering service groups share the cost of items. These items include, but are not limited to lifts, wheel chairs, hospital beds, helmets, etc. By joining forces with likeminded community organizations, disabled youth may receive medical assistance that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to a single organization.

Literacy Programs

In 2009, Uxbridge Rotary implemented a community-based literacy program by purchasing interactive software for Computer Aided Learning Systems (CALS). This library-based self-directed program helps motivated students to raise their reading levels in a fun and interactive manner before entering high school. The club also supports The Free Reading Program, which provides parents with Literacy resources necessary for e-learning.

Precious Minds

For 20 years, Precious Minds has been supporting children, youth, and adults with developmental challenges. Through carefully crafted programming, these individuals are encouraged to reach their potential. Programs help participants develop skills for life, and offer families some support as they navigate the unique challenges facing their loved ones. Uxbridge Rotary members are ongoing supporters of Precious Minds. Our contributions serve to maintain and grow Precious Minds’ library resources for both participants and their caregivers.

Uxbridge Secondary School Commencement Awards

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge Service Above Self award is bestowed upon a deserving Uxbridge Secondary School during Commencement. The $1000 award is given to a student who has shown considerable involvement in many activities in and around the community.

The Uxbridge Rotary Durham College Scholarship of $1000 is given to an Uxbridge Secondary School student who plans to attend Durham College in a program that directly relates to one of Rotary International’s seven areas of focus:

  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Community economic development.
  • Supporting the environment.

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge also awards a scholarship for a graduating student pursuing Environmental Studies/Science at the post-secondary level.

Uxbridge Fall Fair and Fair Ambassador

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge is a proud sponsor of the Uxbridge Fall Fair Ambassador as well as funding some prizes for youth submissions during the Fair competitions.

WindReach Farm

Though its support of WindReach Farm, the Rotary Club of Uxbridge provides enjoyable outdoor enrichment opportunities with a focus on nature, farming and recreation, to persons of all ages with special needs and/or physical challenges and their friends and families.

Grandview Treatment Centre

Though its support of WindReach Farm, the Rotary Club of Uxbridge provides enjoyable outdoor enrichment opportunities with a focus on nature, farming and recreation, to persons of all ages with special needs and/or physical challenges and their friends and families.

DFRFR (Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources)

Funding is provided for both educational and activity based resources for children of local farming families during the busy summer months.

Pump Park/Skate Park

Rotary has been instrumental in the creation of these two resources and continues to assist in the development and improvement of both parks.

Durham College Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)

Uxbridge Rotary has contributed funds, along with many other Rotary Clubs in Durham Region, to the development of the Rotary Global classroom, which is located in the new Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham College.

Elgin Park Accessible Playground

Rotary supported the Uxbridge Lions Club with their project to design and build an accessible playground within the grounds of our beautiful Elgin Park.

Teacher Mentors Abroad

Rotary helps to fund the costs of materials and resources that are used by Ontario teachers who mentor teachers in underdeveloped countries. The focus of the train-the-trainer approach is to improve their instructional practices and the achievement of the students.

Ontario Tech University Family Scholarship

Our club honours the events in our club members’ lives by making donations in their name to Ontario Tech for future scholarships.