A North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Student Is Coming To South Minneapolis!

“If all 17-year-olds had a chance to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, there would be no more war.” -- Carl Wilhelm Stenhammar, president of Rotary International, 2005-06


The Minneapolis South Rotary Club will welcome a North Star Youth Exchange student — a girl from Japan — in August, 2012. We are seeking host families in the Washburn High area willing to open up their hearts and homes to her.

Our student likes to draw, enjoys music (she’s played piano since age 6) and plays badminton. This will be her first time out of Japan!

Hosting is shared between three families for 3-4 months each. It’s a short period of time, but can result in long-term friendships and an expanded meaning of “family.”

Host responsibilities include providing food, shelter, guidance and acceptance to a teenager. The Minneapolis South Rotary Club will pay for school lunches and provide a high level of local support to the student and host family.

The most important host family trait is a sincere desire to host. Single parents, young families, empty-nesters, same-sex couples, retirees and childless families can all provide a GREAT host experience, and receive much in return.

Attention Teens: North Star Youth Exchange also sends Minnesota students on exchange. Find more information at the websites below.

For more information, contact Lynn Keillor at 612-287-0869 or keill003@umn.edu.

For online information: North Star Rotary Youth Exchange at www.NorthStarYouthExchange.com