EXCLUSIVE: Rotaract Club of Tobago serves vulnerable families 

One of the island's most well-known youth organisations, the Rotaract Club of Tobago, was chartered in 2003 with the aim of enabling youth participation and the planning of community service projects that meet the needs of society's most vulnerable.

EXCLUSIVE: Rotaract Club of Tobago serves vulnerable families 
EXCLUSIVE: Rotaract Club of Tobago serves vulnerable families 

One of the island’s most well-known youth organisations, the Rotaract Club of Tobago, was chartered in 2003 with the aim of enabling youth participation and the planning of community service projects that meet the needs of society’s most vulnerable.

In addition, the Club provides a platform for professional development training, youth leadership and networking opportunities.

1. How has the group served its community?

Over the years, they’ve done projects like the annual Back to School initiative and the Build a Home project, where they assisted vulnerable families in repairing their homes. They’re currently conducting the ‘Let’s Talk’ series, where they touched on multiple topics, including: Let’s Talk man to man-a men’s mental health and support group session, Let’s talk home ownership for youth, Let’s talk financial management and other discussions.

The Club also partnered with TPAC to launch its Anti Bullying Campaign at the Plymouth Anglican Primary School. The project is set to culminate later this month with a mural being placed at the school highlighting positive behaviours. They’ve also recently partnered with Republic Bank for our End Period Poverty Campaign, where they will deliver period care packages to the Mason Hall Secondary School and to other vulnerable women. Overall, the projects are focused on meeting the needs of those in their communities and providing training opportunities to develop young professionals.

2. Why is this group important to its members?

The group is important to its members because each member gets the chance to lead and develop impactful projects. Many young people are often looking for a way to give back their time or knowledge and Rotaract provides that avenue for giving back. People also come for their personal and professional development.

3. How can someone interested join?

People aged 18 and over can join the Club by attending our meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at the Shaw Park Hard Court from 5:30 pm. 

4. What is an achievement the group is proud of obtaining?

One major achievement of the group was winning the bid to host the annual District 7030 Rotaract Conference on the island of Tobago. The conference will feature over 200 visitors from over 13 Caribbean countries, coming to the island where they will experience youth training, participate in community service projects, and explore the rich culture of Tobago. The conference will be held June 22-26.