America's Promise/Literacy
MISSION STATEMENT
For the clubs within District 7390 to establish effective projects that are committed to providing the children of our community with the Five Promises (Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others) of the National America’s Promise Organization and target literacy within our communities and around the world where the level of literacy is substantially low.
 
LITERACY
In an effort to support literacy in our communities and around the world, the following are several websites that can better help the Rotarians in District 7390 with this effort:
 
The Literacy Goals for each club within District 7390 are:
  • Celebrate International Literacy Day held each September 8
  • Celebrate Basic Education and Literacy Month in September
  • Conduct a dictionary project or other book project
  • Conduct a vocational service literacy project
  • Share information about your club’s literacy projects with your district Literacy/America’s Promise Chair and District Governor
  • Promote the connection of literacy to Rotary’s service emphases of water, health, and hunger.
Additionally, every district is strongly encouraged to:
  • Conduct a district literacy workshop or area literacy workshop
  • Incorporate a literacy component into all district training functions and the district conference
 
AMERICA'S PROMISE
What is America's Promise?

America's Promise Alliance is a national initiative organized by General Colin and Alma Powell to provide five promises to America’s youth by providing:
  • Caring Adults
  • Safe Places
  • A Healthy Start
  • Effective Education
  • Opportunities to Help Others
 
The America’s Promise Goals for each club within District 7390 are:
  • Develop your own America’s Promise project either alone or in partnership with another club or organization.
  • Ensure you have an America’s Promise Committee/committee chairperson assigned for your club or that the one or more of the five promises are a part of your literacy committee.
  • Consider using Club Foundation Grant funds for any activity designated toward America’s Promise goals. 
  • Have an America’s Promise program that reviews what the club is doing for youth in relation to the five promises and brainstorm community needs, natural extensions to your current youth programs and new youth program ideas.
  • Use your review to submit to the National America’s Promise organization to become a Promise Place. 
  • Share information about your club’s America’s Promise projects with your district Literacy/America’s Promise Chair and District Governor.
 
The Five Promises and some (OF MANY) past/current project examples from D7390
  • Caring Adults – The Elizabethtown Rotary Club (Rotarians and local Masonic Homes residents) partner for a senior mentoring project. They meet weekly with kindergarten and first grade students at the Fairview Elementary School for reading and mentoring efforts. The York Downtown Club coordinates volunteers for three programs including Adopt-A-Class, Breakfast Club and The Salvation Army’s Bridging the Gap program. These programs serve students in the School District of the City of York by providing mentor volunteers.
  • Safe Places – The York Rotary Club in partnership with the local YMCA, York County, Little League Baseball, and the City of York has contributed $100,000.00 to develop four little league baseball parks in York City.
  • A Healthy Start – D7390 Rotarians contribute time and money to the Susan Byrnes Health Education Center.
  • Effective Education – Lancaster South provided $1,250.00 to the Lampeter-Strasburg School District for its “Books for Babies” program. Carlisle continues its literacy project by providing books to birth mothers at the Carlisle Hospital. D7390 adopted as a District Project Junior Achievement of South Central PA.
  • Opportunities to Help Others – The Harrisburg Rotary Club has developed an innovative project involving teaching selected students how to write grant requests and engage in philanthropic endeavors. This project will be funded by $7,500.00 in club funds and $2,000.00 in DSG funds.
 
For Ideas and Support
Contact the District office at 717-854-7842 or [email protected]