Youth Services


Bursary Endowment Fund

Ages 17-19

The largest fund raising campaign in Gravenhurst’s history was undertaken by The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst when the General Membership of the Club agreed to approve the development of the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund in June of 2009.

Many people from outside the community believe the residents of Gravenhurst have a higher income, a perception which is based on the media coverage of sales of waterfront properties.  The fact is, the Gravenhurst area is one of the lowest income areas in Ontario and a statistic from the 1990’s showed that following the loss of the Muskoka Centre, Rubberset and Oliver McLeod,  the number of those on seasonal employment was one of the highest in the province. This has not changed!   According to 2021 provincial statistics the average family income in Gravenhurst is under $59,000. per year. This affects expectations of  and students.

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Adventures in Citizenship

Ages 16-18

Students from across Canada meet with political leaders and senior officials from the Ottawa area to learn about our democrat Institutions, diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. 

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Rotary Youth Exchange

Ages 15-18

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity  that lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a full year.

Watch Daniel Borges describe his experiences as a YEX student during the pandemic.

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Ages 19-25
RYLA is an acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  RYLA is leadership training for young adults (19-25 years) led by a professional facilitator experienced in youth leadership development and supported by RYLA graduates and Rotarians;
One week residential program on a college/university campus consisting of lectures, simulation games, discussion groups, committee work, public speaking, social activities;
An opportunity to learn, grow, share ideas, have fun and make new friends.