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!

Participate in Rotary’s virtual Preconventions and Convention!

By: Rotary Service & Engagement staff Join 2020-21 RI President Holger Knaack at one of Rotary’s three virtual preconventions, taking place 10-11 June before the Virtual Rotary Convention.  Register today for the Virtual Preconventions and the Rotary Convention: Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace A key component of Rotary’s peacebuilding strategy, intercountry committees help clubs and districts … More Participate in Rotary’s virtual Preconventions and Convention!

Youth Lead Peace Conversations

By Scott Martin, Global Partnership Manager, Mediators Beyond Borders International with Suki Kalra, Partnership Storyteller, Mediators Beyond Borders International The mission of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)  is to create a more peace “able” world by empowering community members, with an emphasis on  youth being central to that mission. MBBI maintains a sharp focus on … More Youth Lead Peace Conversations

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Suriname

By Amanda Sheombar It’s Saturday morning, the first day of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Suriname hosted in district 7030, and enthusiastic Rotary volunteers begin to arrive. All help is needed, since the facilitation and logistics of the three-day event fully relies on Rotary members. It’s my third consecutive year joining the Rotary Suriname team … More Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Suriname