Youth Exchange

The Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary Club participates annually in the Rotary Youth Exchange.

Youth Exchange 2019

One of our fellow Rotarians hosted an exchange student from Germany named Moritz, who arrived the evening of August 13th!

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Rotary Youth Exchange

Each year, the Club invites applications from local students that wish to study abroad. The club selects a candidate and supports their endeavor by financially providing a scholarship to assist in tuition costs.

The Club also sponsors an incoming student from a foreign country. The Club Youth Exchange Officer locates host families and maintains contact with the incoming student. Members of the club assist the host families with transportation and logistical support.

Want to Host a Foreign Student?

For each student that Rotary sends abroad to expand their worldview, the Bayfield/Durango community needs to host a foreign student to experience life here in beautiful southwestern Colorado! If you are interested in hosting a foreign exchange student, please reach out and let us know. It’s a great opportunity for you to make a difference in a young person’s life, support education, and experience different cultures than your own!

Student Resources & Programs

With a strong commitment to promoting education, the Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary of Bayfield, CO provides resources and opportunities to student inside our community and abroad.

Senior Legacy Day

Organized by the Bayfield School District, Senior Legacy Day is a volunteer event for graduating high school seniors. On days when other grade levels are completing their standardized tests, these students leave the classroom and get out into the community to help with a wide range of volunteer projects. It aims to connect students to their town and help them see the difference volunteer work can have firsthand, all while making friends and connections in the community.

PRVC Rotary helps identify community service projects around town prior to Senior Legacy Day so that the school can assign graduating seniors to different work sites. On Senior Legacy Day, 1-2 members of the PRVC Rotary help lead the effort at each site. After the sites are complete, the students gather for an afternoon pizza party in the park before returning to school.

Be Frank Foundation

“The Be Frank Foundation (BFF) believes that EVERY child should have access to a quality music education and a quality instrument. Music empowers students and communities to see beyond the cultural and systematic adversities that we are confronted with on a daily basis. We hope that you will join and/or support our efforts to continue a musical movement of change and opportunity.”

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

“Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.”

After Proms

Each year, volunteer parents of the junior class at Bayfield High School coordinate After Prom Party. The After Prom provides a supervised, safe and substance free environment for youth to enjoy activities following Prom. The After Prom is funded through donations from local community members, organizations and businesses. The Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary Club is proud to assist in ensuring the youth in our community remain safe following their prom.

Non-traditional Scholarships

The Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary enhances students’ endeavors through the award of non-traditional scholarships.  Students may request funding for confernce-type events that will enhance their academic or artistic pursuits. 

College Scholarships

The PRVC Rotary helps provide financial aid to students seeking higher education through a number of it’s fundraising activities. We review and award these scholarships in April/May of each year. Please contact us at pineriverrotary@gmail.com to learn more about our college scholarship opportunities and how to apply!