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ROTARY & YOUTH



1. ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training programme for young people. RYLA participants can be of 14-30 yrs., but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.


RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth, and aims to -

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
2. ROTARACT

Rotaract is a Rotary sponsored service club for young men and women of 18 to 30 yrs. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based and they're sponsored by local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. As one of Rotary's most significant and fastest growing service programmes, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon. How does it work? All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroot level, with members addressing their communities' physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

What are some other opportunities available to Rotaractors?

Rotaractors may also -
  • Assist in organizing Interact clubs or mentor Interactors
  • Participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Become Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars or Group Study Exchange team members
  • Seek membership in their local Rotary club

Rotaractors are encouraged to keep their contact information current.

3. INTERACT

Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people of 14 to 18 yrs. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of -

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest growing programmes of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

4. ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE

A Rotary Youth Exchange student spends up to a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country. Whether you participate in Rotary's long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programmes, you'll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself and maybe even a new language. You'll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture and ideas. You can help bring the world closer and make some good friends in the process. More than 8,000 young people each year have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It's the opportunity of a lifetime.

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