Interact Peace and Literacy Project

 

Interact

Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, they can:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!

The purpose of Interact is to provide opportunity for young people to work together in a world of fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding.

 

How does an Interact club create positive change?

Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.
Service projects are an effective way to take action at home and abroad, connect with young leaders, and get members excited about the club. You can find ideas and tips for successful projects in the Interact Handbook.

Here's how Interact makes a difference: 2:36 min:

 

The Interact Clubs of Simi Valley and Moorpark organize and host a very successful peace and literacy project.

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset gave them seed money to purchase wristbands for $300.00. The Interactors used that investment and turned it into nearly $4000.00. The wristbands said "Peace and Literacy" on them. Interactors sold the wristbands at Rotary events throughout Rotary D5240. This was also an opportunity for Rotarians to work with Interactors on a vocational project and business model.

Back in 2009, Students in Simi Valley Interact clubs' Peace and Literacy project planned to donate about $1,200 to an Indian girl to attend a school in Calcutta, the Piyali Learning Center, for girls.

 

The name Interact is devised from the works International Action. Many Rotarians mistakenly believe that the name Interact stands for interacting with youth.

The flyer and mission statement that the Interact Clubs created is below.

 

Interactors supported four organizations with monetary donations. They included:


1. The Gondo Bay Manga Foundation: (translation "Warrior For The People") Which was founded by Isaiah Washington, Honorary Rotarian of the Newbury Park Rotary Club. There are 2 links below to the foundation and a news article  describing the work and recognition the Interactors garnered.

http://www.gondobaymangafoundation.org/#/home/

http://www.simivalleyacorn.com/news/2011-04-01/Schools/Students_giving_peace_a_chance.html

 

2. PACE Universal: Founder, Deepa Willingham, Past District Governor D5240

http://www.paceuniversal.com/

 

3. Rotary School in Jalalbad, Afghanistan; Co-Founded by Stephen Brown, PDG and Rotarian from La Jolla Golden Rotary Club. Links are provided below regarding the history.

http://www.ljgtrotaryclubfoundation.org/

http://www.sandiegojalalabadsistercities.org/uploads/2/2/0/5/22055056/afghan_general_report_sister_cities_june_6_2013.pdf

Simi Valley Interact clubs' Peace and Literacy project donated $500 to buy school supplies for Afghan refugee children attending the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club elementary school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. More than 5,000 Afghan children attend the school, which goes to sixth grade, including 1,500 Muslim girls. Feel free to read more about this from this December 2009 article from vcstar.com

 

4. For the Troops; This organization sends care packages to deployed troops. The United States Army collaborated with the La Jolla Golden Rotary Club to provide protection for 5000 refuge Muslim children to attend school. Notably 1500 of those students were female. Soldiers help to furnish and assemble desks among other things.

https://www.forthetroops.org/

 

At the annual Rotary District 5240 Conference. Interactors won the Chairman's award for their project, Peace and Literacy, besting every Rotary Club in the district.

The Interact Clubs were also awarded certificates of recognition for their efforts to promote world peace and literacy from:

  • The United States Congress, Elton Gallegly, Representative.
  • California State Assembly, Cameron Smyth, Assembly Member.
  • The City of Simi Valley, Bob Huber, Mayor.

 

In closing, please listen to this cover of "We Are The World" by the Interact Clubs of Egypt: 5:37 min:

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