Other Youth Programs

Related Pages
Photo Albums
  • Yelm Rotary Service to Youth

    Thousands of people age 30 and younger participate in Rotary programs to learn skills that will help them become future leaders. 

    Youth programs allow participants to discover more about themselves and the world by participating in community projects, leadership training, or cultural exchanges. Young people also learn about the principles of ethics, service, and fellowship that Rotarians exemplify.



    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

    RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

    • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
    • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
    • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
    • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

    Yelm Rotary usually sponsors 1 High School student each year to attend the RYLA Conference in Tacoma Washington.  The Conference takes place in March.


    Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

    Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

    Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

    • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
    • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
    • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
    • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

    Yelm Rotary is proud to be the sponsoring club to the Yelm Community Interact Club.