Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary

We offer clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more through these groups.

Join the global movement of young leaders 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 yours.

To find a local Rotaract Club, please email.

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18

who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects annually, one that benefits their community and encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.
Please email to find a local Interact Club or start a new one at your school.

Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC)

is for youth aged 13-15 who have an interest in business.  This one-week entrepreneurial-based camp combines business education training with a summer camp atmosphere. Campers hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops to learn business plan components, such as marketing, advertising, cash flow and record keeping.
Youth are put into business teams where they develop a business idea, meet with suppliers and bankers and build a product or a service.  These youthful ventures are open for business on the final day of camp. Campers pay back their business loans and split their profits amongst their business team.  It’s not only about numbers and business plans, though. The youth get to participate in a variety of summer camp experiences and recreational activities as well.
Campers attend for free, thanks to the generous support of community sponsors, Community Futures offices and Rotary District 5360. Sixty South and Central Alberta youths will attend the Cypress Hills camp.
Youths interested in more information or
to apply to the camp can visit www.rotaryayec.ca or email
Camp Date: Third week in August
Application Deadline: May 15

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

This leadership development program is run by Rotary. While participants can be of any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA is typically three days long and includes presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship
APPLY now for the RYLA Conference held in May
Email questions to Program Administrators HERE
Read more about the program HERE
$600/student sponsored by Rotary Clubs

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN promotes personal growth, connections and leadership in a safe environment by providing challenging opportunities and tools to empower youth who have demonstrated courage and perseverance in their daily lives.

RYPEN focuses on youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years old.

Former RYPEN attendees facilitate the camp!

RYPEN camp
Camp happens each May
$600 per student sponsored by Rotary Clubs
Registration details
Youths interested in more information or
to apply to the camp, click here.
   NOTE:  Club Payment is required to confirm booking

Long-Term Exchange

Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country.
Please see Rotary Youth Exchange page for more information.

Short-Term Exchange

Rotary Short-Term Exchange allows students to advance their knowledge and understanding of the world by allowing them to live abroad briefly over the summer. Participants live with one host family in the destination country for approximately one month in the summer under the sponsorship of their local Rotary Club.
This is a true exchange program because the host brother/sister from abroad will also spend a month with the participating student in his/her home during the same summer.
Please see Rotary Youth Exchange page for more information

New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE)

NGSE is a short-term (weeks to max of 6 months), customizable program for young adults, including post-secondary students, trades people, and professionals between the ages of 18 and 30.

Participants can design an exchange program that combines their vocational goals with a humanitarian project, in a country and for a time span of their own choosing.

Financial cost to participant?

Air fare, visa (if necessary), insurance, spending money and application fee of $200. Rotary covers the rest.

What are the benefits?

  • Make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country

  • Start learning another language

  • Build your vocational/professional skills and gain international experience and contacts

  • Travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service

Application cut-off dates:

  • For a summer exchange (May-Aug): Jan 15
  • For a fall exchange (Sept-Dec): May 15
  • For a winter exchange (Jan-Apr): Aug 15

Interested?  Contact Committee Chair for more information and or use the QR code to access our website, where you will find a link to our application form.