Peace Centers: Rotarian Action Group for Peace
Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have made incredible investments in the field of peace and conflict education through the Rotary Peace Centers.
These investments were made with the idea that Rotarians, Clubs and Districts, with access to hundred of thousands of communities worldwide, would be able to draw diverse applicants committed to working in conflict resolution. Although this has happened with the support of many Districts, the program still lacks an amount of applications that would allow the program to thrive.
63 out of 549 Rotary Districts have never submitted a Rotary Peace Fellow candidate. The Rotarian Action Group for Peace seeks to get 100 percent of Rotary Districts worldwide involved in the recruitment of Rotary Peace Fellows.
How can you recruit Peace Fellows in your district?
Rotary members are vital to recruiting qualified candidates. You can help advance peace in troubled areas around the world by promoting peace fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process.
Some of the best candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships are in your community. Here are some ways you can promote fellowships in your area:
- Make sure your club members are familiar with the Rotary Peace Centers program. The more people there are keeping an eye out for good candidates, the more likely your club is to find one. Give a presentation about the program to your club, or better yet, invite a peace fellow to speak to your club. Find one by contacting us at [email protected].
- Send a press release about Rotary Peace Fellowships to your local media.
- Meet with community partners. Think about organizations your club already works with, or reach out to like-minded groups or to universities with related programs.
- Use social media. Announce fellowship opportunities to your friends and professional network on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can also follow Rotary Peace Centers on Facebook and repost interesting photos and stories.
You found interested applicants, now what?
- Applicants must apply through a Rotary district and may not apply directly to The Rotary Foundation or to a Rotary Peace Center. All applicants must be interviewed and endorsed by a Rotary district. Although interviews and endorsements by individual clubs are not required, they are strongly encouraged.
- When contacted by prospective applicants, district officers should inform applicants of the district’s application submission deadline of 31 May. A district officer may choose to refer the prospective applicant to the appropriate club for assistance with the application process and for optional club endorsement.
- Click here for the full Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide for Rotarians with additional information on how to continue with candidates.
Application and Endorsement Timeline: The Year Before the Program