Rotary's Programs for Young Leaders


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An introduction to Rotary's programs for Young Leaders. Discover opportunities to engage young leaders in your community through service, leadership development, and fun!

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  • I know that many of you have worked directly with youth and young adults. Whether you are doing a RYLA event or a workshop with Rotaractors, you know how much more effective it is to show something than to simply talk about it. Videos are a great way to see these programs in action, to hear directly from young people who participate, and to listen to other Rotarians who work with these programs. Our newest video is called Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotarians.This video and others from RI can be found at Rotary’s vimeo channel in multiple languages.(Show video if possible)
  • Life skills include time management, personal responsibility, financial literacy, and self-esteemProfessional and leadership skills mean being a constructive leader, becoming involved in community improvement, and leadership of youth by youth. RYLA in particular highlights the fundamentals of leadership, ethics of leadership, and problem-solving and decision-makingOf course, international understanding makes you think of youth exchange, but this focus is found in all of our programs. For instance, Interact comes from the words International and Action and each Interact club selects an annual project that contributes to intercultural understanding. Rotaract also provides opportunities from cross-cultural connection through correspondence to home hosting to twin clubs.Key value of RotaryAnd all of our programs give young people the chance to act locally and globally to improve their communities and communities worldwide
  • Sponsoring a Rotaract or Interact club, planning a RYLA or sending and hosting Youth Exchange students requires a lot of resources from a club or district, however the benefits of supporting Rotary’s next generation far outweigh the efforts put in.
  • This is an actual quote from a program alumna in Oregon who benefited form these programs.
  • You can also connect with us online!
  • Rotary's Programs for Young Leaders

    2. 2. What are Rotary’s programs for young leaders?
    3. 3. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 3 OUR FAMILY OF PROGRAMS Interact 12-18 Rotaract 18-30 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Rotary Youth Exchange 15-19 12 years 30 years New Generations Service Exchange
    4. 4. How do these programs benefit young people?
    5. 5. THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS, YOUNG PEOPLE…  Develop life skills  Acquire professional and leadership skills  Build international understanding and respect for the rights of others  Learn ethical standards and how to apply them in your work  Gain opportunities for service, locally and globally
    6. 6. INTERACT
    7. 7. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 7 INTERACT Interact clubs brings together young leaders ages 12-18 to take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interactors develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. It’s serious leadership that is seriously fun! Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. Interactors connect with leaders in communities around the world to take action to make a difference in schools and communities, discover new cultures and promote international understanding, and have fun while making new friends from around the world.
    8. 8. RYLA
    9. 9. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 9 ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts to develop skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. RYLA challenges youth and young adults to become a dynamic leaders and change not only themselves but the world. RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30 and customized to match community needs as a one- day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events are 3- 10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics. RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Connect with leaders in your community and around the world through RYLA to build communication, develop problem-solving skills, learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors, and have fun and make lasting friendships.
    10. 10. ROTARACT
    11. 11. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 1 1 ROTARACT Rotaract is a global movement of young leaders taking action to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs bring together young people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out service projects and activities aligned with causes important for your community. Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support, and work together as “partners in service.” Rotaractors take action locally and internationally to create sustainable change, grow their professional network and exchange ideas with proven leaders, develop professional skills through leadership training opportunities, and have fun and make new friends from around the world.
    13. 13. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 1 3 ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchange students unlock their true potential through a unique study-abroad opportunity anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. Rotary Youth Exchanges are administered locally and all applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and district. Rotary clubs are certified to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange in over 100 countries and geographical areas. Interested participants should contact a local Rotary club to see if it participates and to learn more about the types of programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, we suggest applications to be submitted 6–12 months in advance.
    16. 16. PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY  Students who are: age 15-19 at the high-school or equivalent academic level above-average academically socially ready to handle living abroad for an extended period
    17. 17. PROGRAM COSTS Expenses:  Round-trip airfare  Travel insurance  All travel documents  Spending money  Additional Long-Term Expenses:  Orientation session/language camp  Emergency fund
    18. 18. HOW TO APPLY  Contact your local Rotary club or District Youth Exchange Chair  
    20. 20. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 2 0 NEW GENERATIONS SERVICE EXCHANGE New Generations Service Exchange is professional development with a purpose. University students and young professionals ages 18-30 build new skills, learn a language, and take action through humanitarian service during short-term, customizable exchanges. Some New Generations Service Exchanges include vocational mentorship, unpaid internships, and team volunteering or study groups. These exchanges may be one-way or reciprocal, for individuals or for small groups. Districts build upon their existing multi-district networks to find partners and promote participation. Eligible candidates are sponsored by a local Rotary club and district leaders. Participants don’t have to be a member of Rotary to apply. Current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, RYLA participants, and Youth Exchange students are highly encouraged to apply. Although each Rotary club determines the specific eligibility criteria, participants must be adults and should demonstrate a strong commitment to service and the ideals of Rotary.
    21. 21. ROTARY’S PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS | 2 1 CONNECT WITH NEW GENERATIONS ONLINE Search for: Rotary Youth Exchange (Closed Group for alumni, host families, and youth exchange chairs)
    22. 22. interact@ ryla@ youthexchange rotaract@ Contact us