Club: Rotaract Club of Wien-Stadpark, Rotary Club of Wien-Oper, Vienna, Austria
Project Title: Intarconnect Mentoring and –Inter-Generational Projects
Innovation: Pairing members of different generations together in a one-year mentoring relationship so they can learn from each other, share experiences, and take part in service projects.
Description: Kafka together with Philip-Sebastian Marchl and Peter Rabensteiner worked with two Rotary clubs in Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina to launch the program, which pairs a member of Rotary with either a member of Interact, Rotary’s program for young people 12-18, or Rotaract, which covers ages 18-30. Other Interactors are paired with Rotaractors. The effort includes leadership training, scholarships, social activities and hands-on service projects, which link different ages together. For one ongoing project, the generations work side-by-side to build houses for families left homeless by the Bosnian War.