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.

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.