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May is Rotary Youth Service Month

May is Youth Service (formerly called New Generations) Month when Rotary Clubs around the world focus on youth services, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange and Earlyact.


It's a global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like ours. Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects aligned with causes that are important to their community. Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with Rotaract as partners in service.

The Rotaract Club at Payap University, sponsored by CMIRC received its charter on March 13, 2019 (above). Most of the members graduated in 2020 and the current leadership remains outside Thailand because of Covid-19. It's hoped it can reorganize after the university returns to normal operations.


Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Serious leadership can be 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. CMIRC sponsors two Interact clubs at Unity Concord International School and Chiang Mai International School (CMIS Interactors pictured, below, with CMIRC members, patients and staff during a recent visit to the B.K.Kee Patient House).


Earlyact operates in a way similar to Interact for those youth in a primary aged school in the community. EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. The mission and operation of EarlyAct™ are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation for and natural succession into Interact. EarlyAct™ provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognizing the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at Rotary Peace Centers. Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok is one of the six partner universities.

Rotary Community Corps

Finding community solutions to community challenges, Rotary Community Corps unites Rotary members with non-members to make a positive difference.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.

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.

New Generations Service Exchange

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.


For 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been turning project ideas into reality. Clubs receive funding to support humanitarian projects, scholarships, and international exchanges.


Rotary invests more than $7 million a year in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.


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