Grace Year—A Time to Do Good (Aired January 18 and 19, 2020)

Jessica Davis is interviewed about her experience of taking a “gap year” after graduating from
SUNY New Paltz. She is living with other young persons who are working to help others in a
program called “Grace Year.” Grace Year allows recent college graduates to spend a year
of intentional living from a base in Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, focusing on
spirituality, religion, and justice It is a year-long opportunity to live in a small community
of young adults as they prepare for lifelong journeys of sustained leadership for the
common good. During the year, the fellows live together along with the program leader,
Abby Nathanson, in the Grace Church vicarage while they volunteer to work with local
nonprofits. These include a preschool; youth programs for teens; EPIC (Engaging
People in Change), a bilingual leadership program for high-school students; programs
for immigrants; local farms; Hudson River Housing; and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem
Studies. Ms. Davis is helping senior citizens by working with the Church Alliance senior
residence and Millbrook at Home, which helps senior citizens who are aging in place.
When her Grace Year has passed, Ms. Davis plans to attend graduate school with the
intention of becoming a guidance counselor.

Learn more
Grace Year: http://www.graceyear.org/
Grace Year Program (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/graceyearprogram/
EPIC (Engaging People in Change): https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit/e04b940c57a74a4da68d634d44982d1e-engaging-people-in-change-epic-millbrook
Church Alliance of Millbrook Gardens: https://www.nyconnects.ny.gov/services/the-church-alliance-of-millbrook-gardens-bartel-place-housing-sofa45301
Millbrook at Home: http://www.millbrookathome.org/
Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook: https://www.gracemillbrook.org/

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February 4, 2020 · Posted in Aging, Humanitarian Service, Support Groups, Youth  

SUNY New Paltz Tutoring Reading (Aired December 7 and 8, 2019)

 

In the United States today, some 30 million adults are functionally illiterate, reading below the
sixth-grade level. RadioRotary interviews Sam Slotnick, the Literacy Center Coordinator at the
State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), who works with with a program
that brings together teachers who are becoming specialists in reading with elementary or high-
school students with reading problems. For the teachers, it is part of their MS degree in Literacy
Education. For the students it is a chance to be in a one-to-one (or one-to-few) learning
program at a nominal cost. The program begins with a free assessment of reading for individual
students. Then about fifty to seventy students from around the Hudson Valley enter the program
for either a spring or a summer term. Mr. Slotnick offers this advice to parents: Read to your
children; read topics that interest the child; and take your children frequently to the local library.

Learn more:
Literacy Center at SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/literacycenter/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Master of Science in Literacy Education–SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed/master-of-science-in-literacy-education/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in Children, Education, Literacy, Youth  

Youth Experiences Abroad: Germany (Aired on August 17 and 18, 2019)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell–Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
Millbrook High School student Joe Richard about his year spent in Germany as
part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Participants are generally high-
school students and are sponsored by a Rotary Club to spend a school year
abroad in a country with a different language from their native tongue, living with
local families and attending a local school. Mr. Richard lived with three different
families and attended school in Lüneburg, Germany, a small city 35 miles
southeast of Hamburg. Mr. Richard, who plays the tenor saxophone, not only
joined his school’s big swing band, but also became a part of several local
ensembles, helping him assimilate as he also learned German, his coursework,
and the customs of Germany.

Learn more:
Rotary Youth Exchange: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
Lüneburg, Germany: https://wikitravel.org/en/Lüneburg
Millbrook Rotary (sponsor of Joe Richard): https://millbrookrotary.org

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Education, International Exchanges, Travel, Youth  

Rotary Year 2018-19 Wrap-Up, District 7210 (Aired on June 29 and 30, 2019)


Christine Giangrasso (Highland Rotary), 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary
District 7210, reports to RadioRotary on her year of traveling to 55 of the 56
Rotary clubs in the 8 counties that make up the Lower Hudson Valley District
(Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster).
DG Giangrasso is proud of her record of adding a new club, a new Interact, and
2 new Rotaract clubs to the District during her year as governor. A major theme
of her year was enlisting local Rotary clubs in the fight against heroin addiction
and overdose. She also was able to champion women’s place in Rotary with a
conference that featured Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to lead a Rotary club
(1987) and honored some of the women who make District 7210 effective. She
also describes the very successful District Conference at the Red Lion Inn in
Stockbridge, MA.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Highland Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Fight Against Opioid Crisis: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-come-together-fight-opioid-epidemic
Rotaract Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Women in Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Rotary District 7210, Women, Youth  

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