America’s young people are its most precious resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth. Through college scholarships, mentoring and guidance, and service recognition, Exchange is making a difference for America’s youngest generations.
Youth of the Month/Youth of the Year
One of the most popular Exchange youth projects, the Youth of the Month/Year Award, recognizes hard-working high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership. This proven program not only rewards outstanding young people, but also provides an incentive for other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement. This monthly program also enhances career opportunities for those honored, promotes good citizenship, creates a desire for greater scholastic achievement, and aids in the development of well-rounded personalities.
Selection of the District Youth of the Year is made from our clubs' Youth of the Year recipients. Our District Youth of the Year advances to the prestigious National Youth of the Year Award.
A.C.E. stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. This program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation. The District A.C.E. Award of the Year winner is chosen from our clubs' A.C.E. Award of the Year recipients. Our District winner then has the opportunity to compete for the National A.C.E. Award.
The A.C.E. Award is a positive program with two key objectives. First, it helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma. Second, the award recognizes those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really do pay.
Additional Scholarship Programs
In addition to the Youth of the Month and A.C.E. Award programs, many of our clubs have additional scholarship programs named for noteworthy members, such as the Exchange Club of Lynchburg's Terrell E. Moseley Award and the Gene Gallagher Community Service Award.