Posted on January 19, 2016

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), today announced that ExxonMobil Qatar will become the sponsor of ROTA’s Youth Service Clubs for the next two years.

ROTA’s Youth Service Clubs (RYSCs) are a network of self-directed, extracurricular clubs designed to unlock the potential of youth, which is in-line with QF’s overarching vision and mission. Supported by the ROTA Qatar programme, the clubs provide a unique opportunity for young people across the nation to develop leadership skills and gain understanding of international and community development issues, as well as offering practical experience to carry out creative projects that address local and global issues.

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Mr Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director of ROTA, said: ‘The Youth Service Clubs are at the core of ROTA’s mission to unlock youth potential. They offer an informal platform to secondary schools and university students to develop the skills and experiences required to cultivate a responsible, talented, civic-minded youth community.We cannot provide these services without support from companies such as ExxonMobil Qatar, whose belief in investing in the next generation is aligned with ROTA’s vision to develop the communities of the future through education and training.” (Click here for full speech)

Since 2009, over 2,000 young people in Qatar have benefited from ROTA activities and gained the confidence and skills needed to become leaders of tomorrow, empowering 16 to 26-year-olds to become active members of their communities and the wider world. The clubs will focus on issues from marine conservation and environmental awareness, to sports, road safety, and social entrepreneurship.

“The youth who are taking part in ROTA’s Youth Service Clubs (RYSC) are part of the largest generation of youth in history. Their actions and support can drive progress and help achieve sustainable development, not just locally, but globally as well,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manger for ExxonMobil Qatar.

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“One of the greatest contributions we can make in Qatar as responsible corporate citizens is to help provide the energy to drive human potential. We do this by working with our local partners, such as ROTA so we invest in programs that are meaningful and contribute to Qatar’s already flourishing society. ROTA has given us a wonderful opportunity to do all this and more,” added Routledge. (Click here for full speech)

The ROTA Youth Service Club network is open to male and female students aged 16-26.In order to be eligible to take part, potential participants need to attend the annual RYSC Leadership Training session held in October each year.