Submitted by Rotary Club of Milton
Rotary Club of Milton organised the ROTARY YOUTH SUMMIT (RYS) on 10 th April, 2021. The idea was envisaged about a year ago considering it to be an event for the youth of Milton and further extending it to the Halton Region. A RYS organizing committee was formed by the club in conjunction with the Rotaract and Interact Clubs of Halton, to engage them in planning the summit based on the interest of youth groups varying from ages 12 to 24.
The youth committee after brainstorming came up with different ideas and the subjects to be touched during the summit. The theme finally selected for the summit was: "Be Tomorrow's Leaders Today!" 
The event was planned as a whole day affair. The summit was divided into five sections of an hour each, starting from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The summit started by a welcome address from Co-Chairs, Rtn. Romeo Mitchell and Rotaractor Sabrina Paez. More than 150 participants and attendees joined the summit in a virtual set-up through Zoom, not only from Ontario, but from Uganda, Nigeria and St Lucia, thus becoming an international summit.
Key Note Speaker – Dr. Todd C. Jenkins (Todd Bowtie) on Youth Leadership
Dr. Todd C. Jenkins (Todd Bowtie) led a very engaging presentation and had been very interactive with the participants/attendees through a Q&A session, which set-up the tone of the summit. 
Environment - "A Practical Approach"
Hosted by our partners Sustainable Milton, a not for profit organization, the presentation started on the topic of climate science, followed by discussion-based breakout rooms on the topics of “Diet, Health & Environment" and "Fashion Crimes, Against the Environment."
Mental Health – “Self-Support & Resiliency”
This session started with a presentation on youth and mental health and then moved to two breakout rooms presentations/discussion on topics of “Journey of Self-Discovery & Mental Wellness” and “Critical Thinking, Puts Things in Perspective”. It was a very interesting session in the present situation of the pandemic, where the youth are not in classrooms and are physically facing very minimal to no interaction from peers and friends. 
Career Development – “Charting Your Future”
This session was initiated with talk about “The Changing Landscape” and then moved to eight breakout rooms for a panel from experienced individuals from a diverse stream of careers. The panelists provided advice and insights, by sharing their experiences and imparting information about the pre-requisites recommended for different certain career choices. The breakout rooms were broadly divided into the silos of  Health Sciences, Applied Sciences, Trades/Vocations, Information Technology, Arts/Culture/Communications, Business/Finance, Community Engagement, and Management/Legal/Government.
Service Learning - "Exploring your Future"

This presentation started with the explanation “What is Service-Learning?” with respect to youth in Rotary and was further divided into two panel discussions about Interact and Rotaract. The panelists were from different Interact and Rotaract Clubs from Halton region and from Uganda. Each panelist shared their experiences and the prospects for developing leadership qualities through the participation in different youth initiatives through the platform of Rotary, as well as Rotaract and Interact.
On the whole it was a great youth summit and all kudos to the Milton Rotary Youth Summit Committee in organizing such a great event for youth. The cherry on the top is the Closing Remarks of DG. Mike Lawrie. The successful implementation is due to hard work of different sub-committees:
  • Marketing, Advertisement and Social media Team
  • Development of Brochures and Logo Team
  • Program Planning and Implementation Team, and
  • Technology support and Partners Team.
Thanks to the support of members of Rotary Club of Milton and associates, such as Sustainable Milton, Ontario Training Network, Milton (technology partner), Rotaract Club of Halton, Rotary Clubs of Halton Region.