Youth

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and Rotary International offer rewarding learning opportunities for youth and young adults through the following programs:

Foreign Exchange Programs – High School Students are given the opportunity to travel abroad to learn about a different culture by living with a family overseas. The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor works in association with Rotary International and local clubs in many countries to sponsor students. The life-long memories and unique educational experiences provided by the Club’s youth programs can enhance the lives of participating students.

Interact – Rotary Interact gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference. Interact students fulfill two service projects a year: one local that helps their school or community, and one out-of-state or international that enhances a community. Interact provides a great opportunity for students to make new friends and develop a sense of achievement.

Two of our area High School Interact Clubs within District 6380 earned Rotary International Presidential Citation Awards this past year. The recipients of the Presidential Citation awards included:

Huron High School Interact Club of Ann Arbor, MI
Pioneer High School Interact Club of Ann Arbor, MI

The Presidential Citation award is Rotary’s attempt to define the characteristics of a successful and growing Interact Club. Only about 20% of the Interact Clubs active in 120 countries around the world earn this Presidential Citation by inspiring positive change and thereby improving their communities.

The Pioneer High School Interact Club can be followed in their many service projects and events on their website here and on Instagram @pihi.interact. Here’s an overview of the extensive list of volunteer projects they organize:

  • Epic Races and the Ann Arbor Marathon
  • Polar Plunge by the University of Michigan to raise money and awareness for special needs students
  • Interact Café at Pioneer High School, selling donuts to raise money for charity
  • GIVE 365 events
  • Wild Swan Theater
  • Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground reveal in 2017
  • Food drives for Food Gathers around Thanksgiving
  • Kerrytown Farmers Market
  • Free Rice
  • Donations to KIVA
  • Meijer shopping event to purchase supplies for charity
  • Rotary Food Drive
  • Neighborhood holiday caroling

The Huron High School Interact Club is involved with many service projects in the community. See an overview of their activities below:

  • Alliance between Key Club and Global Initiative to support volunteering within and between these clubs
  • Started the Huron Interact Grounds Cleaning committee, organizing students to help clean around the school
  • Initiated the Huron Interact Recycling committee, organizing a district-wide recycling campaign and project to encourage recycling
  • Planning a mural at the school to represent what Huron Interact stands for
  • Annual Movie Night to raise money for charity
  • Hosted guest speakers for the club and community
  • Purple Pinky Project to raise funds and awareness for ending polio
  • Small committees created to organize and lead interest-based volunteer projects

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants range in age from 14-30, 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.

The RYLA committee identifies high school students with leadership qualities and  provides scholarships to attend the annual RYLA weekend leadership training conference  in Ridgetown Ontario. Candidates are identified with help from high school counselors and from Interact clubs members at our large local high schools.