When you invest in young people, you invest in Rotary's future.  

Each year, Rotary connects thousands of young people to a global network of friendship, service, and action. As Rotaractors and Interactors, they make a difference in communities at home and abroad. Through Rotary Youth Exchange, they explore new cultures. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants learn skills that will help them succeed as future community leaders.

Each year, 500,000 young people participate in New Generations programs.


A pocket guide to Rotary's programs for young leaders


Interact is a service club for young people ages 12 to 18 that promotes leadership skills and personal integrity, helpfulness and respect for others, individual responsibility and hard work, and international understanding and goodwill.  Interact clubs can be community - or school-based, and are often broken down into middle and high school age ranges.


Rotaract is a service club for young adults ages 18 to 30.  Some Rotaract clubs are based on university campuses and cater to students, while others are based in communities and include students and professionals.  Like Rotarians, Rotaractors conduct community and international service projects and focus on leadership and professional development activities.  


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership training program for young people ages 14 to 30.  Most clubs and districts develop events for specific age groups within that range, such as 14 to 18 or 25 to 30.  RYLA emphasizes citizenship and personal growth, encouraging leadership of youth by youth and publicly recognizing young people who serve their communities.