Rotary's programs for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, young people can earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project.

Our youth programs include the following (click the program logo for more information):

   

YAIL and RYLA are two weekend workshop/retreat programs with sessions slated for the new year. 


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YAIL (Youth Adventures in Leadership) is a weekend retreat for young people in grades 10 and 11 (ages 15-17), typically in January.  YAIL is now accepting applications through its website at www.yail.org.  The Chair of YAIL is Ray Green rlg61@whidbey.com.

 

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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is also a weekend program for young adults between 18 and 30 years.  This program is scheduled in April or May, and begins accepting applications after mid-January.  The RYLA website is (
www.ryla5050.org).  The District Chair is Jackie Smith  jackie@uk2ca.com.



Interact and Rotaract are two ongoing programs which are based in high schools and the community.   



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Interact
is for students from 12 to 18.  These clubs are based in schools and are sponsored by a Rotary club.  The Chair is Patty Klassen  (
pattyk71@gmail.com).

 

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Rotaract
is a community based program for 18 to 30 young adults.  The District Chair for this program is Al Stjernegaard
stjerne@shaw.ca.

 

 

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YES (Youth Engaged in Service) is another program for Juniors / Grade 11 students.  The program which sponsors high school students on an International Service project (currently in Guatemala).  Youth are required to perform volunteer hours throughout the school year, earning credit towards the cost of the trip (paid by a sponsoring Rotary club).  Students are asked to join or form an Interact club following the service trip. 

The mission of the program is:  "to provide leadership development opportunities while engaging youth in Rotary‚Äôs motto, Service Above Self, both locally and internationally."

YES offers two programs, on both sides of the border.  YES combines ongoing meetings along with a trip to Guatemala in the spring. Registration closes September 19th for the US program and October 15 for the CDN program.

Contact YES Chair Bev Harrington (bev.harrington@msn.com) for the USA program


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Rotary Youth Exchange
sends students (16-17) overseas for a year and welcomes overseas students for the same period of time.  December 15 is the deadline for applications.  The Chair for Youth Exchange is Rhonda Sturm
tworonnies@shaw.ca
 



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Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program by the Rotary Club of Ottawa
invites students from across Canada to the nation's capital.  For more info on this program go to
www.rotaryottawa.com

 

Further information on all of these programs are on the links on the left side of this page, or contact District 5050's Youth Service Chair:  

 

Linda Ryan

District 5050

Youth Service Chair

claminator@gmail.com



Visit Rotary International's Youth Service page by clicking here.