In-person Rotary Youth Exchange is back!

By Logan Johnson, Youth Exchange and Youth Protection Staff  After a two-year hiatus, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Rotary’s exchange program for students aged 15-19, has resumed in-person exchanges. As we came to terms with the realities of the pandemic in early 2020, new in-person exchanges were paused indefinitely. With the development and distribution of vaccines … More In-person Rotary Youth Exchange is back!

Applauding outstanding service in Rotaract

By Molly Friend, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Rotary International is thrilled to showcase Rotaract service projects from around the world for the 2022 Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards. The awarded projects were evaluated by RI’s Rotaract Committee and RI staff for their sustainability, impact in Rotary’s areas of focus, project promotion, and collaboration with local … More Applauding outstanding service in Rotaract

Five formative years of Interact: My Rotary journey

By Hannah Shin, member of the North Allegheny Interact Club and member of the Inaugural Rotary International Interact Advisory Council As an Interact leader, volunteer, and fan of five years, I am filled to the brim with love for Rotary and Interact, especially as I reflect upon how these communities and experiences have permanently impacted … More Five formative years of Interact: My Rotary journey

Interact: Unlocking young people’s potential

By Valentina Rigamonti, member of the Interact Advisory Council 2021-22, Rotary Youth Network team member, President of the Interact Club of Vigevano Lomellina (Italy, District 2050) When I first learned about Interact clubs, I had an inexplicable gut feeling that joining was the right choice to make and that it would lead me to other … More Interact: Unlocking young people’s potential

Rotary Youth Exchange creates connections between Venezuela and the United States

By Anniela Carracedo, member of the Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States and Rotary Youth Exchange Alumna When I decided to become a Rotary Youth Exchange student, I had no idea how much it would change my life and the lives of everyone around me. In 2017, I was invited to the … More Rotary Youth Exchange creates connections between Venezuela and the United States

2021 Interact Award Winner: Learning through service

By Isabelle Oh and Meththa Sumanasekara, Balwyn High School Interact Committee, Australia Editor’s note: this essay was submitted to Rotary International’s 2021 Interact Awards. Walking down Flinders Street, the constant banging of coins echoed in my ear. I took in a sharp breath as the harsh clinking carried on, before it was lost to the … More 2021 Interact Award Winner: Learning through service

Ethical dilemma: What would you do?

You are part of the planning committee for your upcoming district conference with both in-person and virtual participation options. Part of your committee’s job is to decide how to involve Rotaract members during the event. One committee member suggests that Rotaract members manage the Zoom registration and technical support for the virtual participants to leverage … More Ethical dilemma: What would you do?

Million minds, one being: Interact nurtures a passion to do good

By Hiya Jain, member of the Interact Club of Birla Vidya Niketan Interact clubs are a window to the world that lies beyond the reach of our limited access to society’s abundant elements. This resonates with all the community-based exposure Interact has given me. For the past couple of years, Interact has acted as the … More Million minds, one being: Interact nurtures a passion to do good

Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!

By Fergal McCarthy, Peace Programs Manager  To mark International Day of Peace on 21 September, we are focusing on girl empowerment one of RI President Shekhar Mehta’s presidential initiatives.   Equality is a fundamental human right, and a key element of many of the eight pillars of positive peace.  It’s a prerequisite for the creation of a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.  Yet still today, girls and young women across the globe continue to endure inequities in all parts of … More Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!