Youth Overview

YOUNG PEOPLE OF ACTION:
JOIN LEADERS. EXCHANGE IDEAS. TAKE ACTION

Young adults who aspire to be people of action can find many ways to serve, learn and grow through Rotary. Youth programs affiliated with Rotary allow teens and young adults to connect with community leaders, develop meaningful friendships with peers and mentors, and participate in local and global efforts to build peace and solve the world’s most persistent problems.

Rotary District 5110 actively supports the next generation of community leaders, problem-solvers, and peacemakers. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor leadership development scholarships (RYLA), service clubs for teens in middle and high school (Interact), and service opportunities for college students and young professionals (Rotaract). We invite students interested in international travel and cultural connections to apply for long- and short-term youth exchanges. Most Rotary clubs offer generous scholarships for post-secondary education and technical training. At the District level, we encourage teens and young adults to serve on executive committees and to plan and participate in District-wide training and events.

For questions and information about youth programs in District 5110, contact: Mary Hoskins, Youth Services Chair, marhos1968@gmail.com

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

Everyone is welcome in Rotary. We’re creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We want people with differing perspectives who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange provides of young individuals the opportunity to meet people from other countries and experience their cultures. The program is open to young people ages 15-19 years old. Participants spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. The program offers many benefits to participants including first-hand knowledge about another country’s culture and educational system. Learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange here.

Camp RYLA

Camp RYLA is a six day leadership camp for high school sophomores who have a strong desire to make their school or community a better place. Up to 130 students, both boys and girls, participate each year. The cost of the camp is paid entirely by sponsoring Rotary clubs, who recruit and select the campers. The camp teaches leadership skills, and inspires young people to create and carry out projects in their communities that exemplify the Rotary value of service above self.

Interact

Interact is a self-supporting and self-governing Rotary club specifically for young people ages 12-18. The school-based club promotes leadership skills and community involvement, with at least two community service projects a year that members choose and carry out. Local Rotary clubs help sponsor and provide guidance for these projects. Through these efforts, members of Interact clubs develop new friendships and community awareness as well as thoughtfulness and helpfulness toward others.

Rotaract
Rotaract is a service club that provides college-aged individuals ages 18-30 a chance to address social and physical needs in their community. Rotaract clubs are sponsored by local Rotary clubs and are either community or university based. Rotaract members organize projects and activities which provide important experience and personal development opportunities. Rotaract is one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest growing youth programs. Learn more about Rotaract here.