Buzz-Worthy Kids: Meet Luisa

THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

The Natomas Rotary Club is hosting its first-ever exchange student for the 2011-12 school year – Luisa J. from Columbia.
Through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, 17-year-old Luisa will live in the Natomas area and attend Natomas Charter School. She plans to keep busy with extracurricular activities and school work as a senior in the Performing and Fine Arts Academy.
The Rotary Youth Exchange program accepts applications from above-average students, who are 15 to 19 years old, and who have demonstrated leadership in their own countries. Rotary is active in more than 200 countries worldwide, so students participating in the exchange program can visit a variety of countries.
Long-term exchanges like Luisa’s last an entire school year while students stay with a local host family. Support from the Rotary Club, community and host family make it possible for students to participate in the exchange program without paying expensive placement fees or school tuition.
The Natomas Rotary Club is working with Luisa to help her adjust to living in the area and have a good experience while here. In return, she will serve as an ambassador from Columbia to Rotary and Natomas by attending Rotary functions, teaching her host family and new friends about Columbia’s customs and culture, and sharing her experiences with others when she returns home.
The Natomas Rotary is also sponsoring an outbound student, Lauren, who will live in Avellino, Italy for the year with a Rotary host family. THE NATOMAS BUZZ welcomes Luisa to the neighborhood and wishes Lauren a fantastic year in Italy!

For more information, visit the Natomas Rotary website.

There are so many cool young people doing great things in Natomas, THE NATOMAS BUZZ has started a new “Buzz-Worthy Kids” column. Nominations for the column can be sent to [email protected].

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