Next Generations: A Rotary Youth Conference

Next Generations: A Rotary Youth Conference

Next Generations

About Next Generations

What is the Next Generations Leadership Conference?

Each year, high school students from across Rotary District 7980 meet their peers at Next Generations to participate in dialogue-based workshops about topics and issues that are important to them. Workshop topics change annually based on student experiences and needs. The diverse backgrounds of the high school participants allow for a variety of perspectives to be shared on the selected topics. By attending Next Generations, students will make connections from across southern Connecticut, gain effective communication skills, and develop valuable understanding abilities that will better them as leaders in their clubs, schools, and communities.

Conference Details

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: West Haven High School, 1 McDonough Plaza, West Haven, CT 06516
Sponsorship Fee: The sponsorship fee is $30.00 per student, paid by the student’s local Rotary club or another sponsoring organization.

Applicant Registration

Participation at Next Generations is restricted to high school students only.

APPLICANTS: Please complete this online form to begin your application and download the permission slips to review with your parent/guardian: CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Please submit your application and permission slips no later than Friday, March 17, 2023. Once your application is submitted, the Next Generations Team will contact the Rotary club or Rotaract club to confirm your sponsorship to attend.

Sponsor Payment

Sponsor Responsibilities:

When a Next Generations candidate completes their online application, the sponsoring Rotary club or organization named in the application will be contacted. Some candidates apply without identifying their sponsor. The Next Generations Chairpersons attempt to identify a willing sponsor for these applicants.

STEP 1: Please confirm your choice to sponsor OR not to sponsor a candidate by directly replying to email notification ASAP. We suggest you interview your candidate(s) and get to know these leaders and their families; they are our future. If confirmed, they will also be representing you and your Rotary club/organization at Next Generations.

Candidates are not registered for the Next Generations conference until your confirmation email is received by the Next Generations Chairpersons. Your confirmation email is necessary to reserve a spot for the candidate within our participant limit.

There is no ‘allotted number’ of participants per sponsor. Therefore, your organization may sponsor as many participants as it chooses. Applications will not be accepted after the Friday one week prior to the conference start date.

Preparing Your Payment:

Sponsors pay $30 per confirmed participant. ALL PAYMENTS must be received PRIOR to the conference start date for the participant to attend. Per Rotary District 7980 Foundation rules, payments made after the conference are not permitted.

STEP 2: To pay the sponsorship fee(s), cash or a check made payable to “Rotary District 7980 Foundation” must be submitted. Other forms of payment are not accepted. If paying by check, please record the participant(s) last name(s) in the memo section of your check. “Rotary District 7980 Foundation” is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Payment Remittance Address:

STEP 3: Please mail your payment to the following remittance address no later than Friday, March 17, 2023:

Rotary Club of West Haven
PO Box 223
West Haven, CT 06516

Leadership Team

Program Chairpersons

Carrie Malangone (click to contact), Rotary Club of West Haven
Jim O’Brien (click to contact), Rotary Club of West Haven

Student Director

Shelly Ofer and Jackson Fiore

Selected by Rotary District 7980’s Next Generations Chairpersons and the Student Directors of the previous Next Generations conference. Student Directors plan, execute and facilitate the student leaders and conference agenda with oversight by the Next Generations Program Chairpersons.

Student Facilitators

Selected by Student Directors and approved by Next Generations Chairpersons. Student Facilitators take part in planning and assisting student directors. They are the direct leaders of the workshops.