Youth Overview (All Programs Paused Until 2021)
YOUNG PEOPLE OF ACTION:
JOIN LEADERS. EXCHANGE IDEAS. TAKE ACTION
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 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.