For the second year, one club in Grande Prairie is hoping to help raise the next generation of leaders. The Earlyact Club of Grande Prairie falls under the umbrella of Rotary and is for the youngest group of Rotarians ages five to 13.
Liaison Danielle Bizon says they currently have 17 kids taking part in the program but are always looking for new members.
“There’s no cost to anybody, you don’t have to have a Rotarian family member, you don’t have to go to any special school, it’s just anyone who wants to come and give back to the community and learn how to lead… You don’t have to be the fastest kid, you don’t have to be the smartest kid you just have to have a kind heart.”
The group focuses on teaching youth life skills like caring, empathy, responsibility and leadership. Over the last two years, they have done a number of things in the community including visiting seniors homes, packing backpacks for children in need, and helping out with the annual Rotary Community Food Bank Drive.
Bizon hopes that by participating in a club like this, it will encourage youth to continue volunteering in their communities even after they have aged out of the program.
“Parks don’t happen on their own and none of these events happen on their own and the experiences that they’re gaining now will hopefully give them the confidence and know-how to do these things when they get older.”
The club meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at Isabel Campbell Public School. Bizon says anyone interested in checking out the organization can find them on Facebook or drop by a meeting.