May is Youth Service Month

Each year, Rotary connects thousands of young people to a global network of friendship, service, and action. Each year 500,000 young people participate in Rotary Youth Service programs worldwide.


Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club comprised of 14–18-year-olds. Interact gives young people the opportunity to take part in fun, meaningful service projects. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends. Members exchange ideas, opinions and plans with other talented, energetic people, in an atmosphere free from negative pressures and distraction. Interact strives to promote student leadership, local volunteer service, and to make members aware of the many global and world issues that affect people every day.

Ultimately, students can:

  • Become acquainted with a premiere service organization (Rotary International) and proven leaders from communities throughout Rotary;

  • Learn how to manage and head community service projects;

  • Learn about other Rotary club programs including Rotaract (service club for young adults), Earlyact (a service club for primary school students), Youth Exchange (a chance to live and study abroad ) and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).

The word Interact stands for “international action” and today there are more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries. Everything you need to organize, certify, and manage your club is in the Interact Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisers (PDF)


Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 18-30. Rotaract clubs are usually community or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club, making them true “partners in service” and key members of the Rotary family. Young adults augment their knowledge and skill and also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaractors also often spearhead the formation of Interact clubs and participate in RYLA. Rotaract is one of the fastest-growing programs of Rotary service with more than 9,500 Rotaract Clubs with 291,000 members in 177 countries.

Rotaractors follow the motto “fellowship through service”.

Everything you need to organize, certify, and manage your club is in the Rotaract Handbook (PDF)


Rotary Youth Exchange is an excellent and inexpensive way for high school age students to travel and study in a foreign country. Youth exchange gives the participant the opportunity to improve their language skills and school and family experiences will teach them the culture of their host country. They also act as ambassadors for their home country. Each year the Rotary Districts send approximately 8000 young people to other countries and accept 8000 young people from other countries in return. Accepting a youth exchange student into your club, community and household can be a very rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity for you, your family and your fellow Rotarians to learn about a different culture and also help a young person understand your culture. The goal of Rotary Youth Exchange is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person-to-person level.