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Rotary Youth - New Generations

New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange and Interact. Others are service minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.


New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution: 


New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

School Year ( Long Term ) Exchange Program:

The Vocational Service Committee is seeking candidates for the Rotary Youth Exchange program for the school year of 2019/20.

Please share this page with friends and family who may know an interested candidate.


Since 1927, students and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of Rotary's Youth Exchange program. Administered by Rotary clubs, districts and multi district groups, the program today involves more than 82 countries and over 7,000 students each year.


Rotarians believe the most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people - regardless of nationality - desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet and live with people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.


Candidates will generally be currently 14 - 16 years of age – so usually in grade 9 - 11 currently. 

Most exchange students go abroad during what would be their grade 11 or grade 12 year.

This is a full school-year exchange program.


Students with great curiosity, flexibility, language skills and an interest in meeting other exceptional youth

will make great candidates for this program. 


Please have interested candidates or parents contact Eric Dean directly by email at or

by phone at 705-794-6421 to discuss the program or seek more information. 

Guide for students and parents

Youth Exchange Brochure

Preliminary application form

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award ( RYLA ) is Rotary's leadership training program for high school students. It is a fantastic opportunity for youth in our community to develop their leadership skills and to learn more about themselves. The weekend brings together about 80 youth aged 14-17 from across our district to receive leadership orientation and training to help them in their community efforts. It's ideal for students already excelling in local leadership, particularly in extra-curricular activities and activities beyond school. The program begins upon arrival on Friday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. and the program ends on Sunday April 22 at 11:30am. Program is paid for and travel arranged by the sponsoring Rotary Club ( Rotary Club of Barrie ). Students learn a lot about themselves through a DISC personality assessment over the weekend.  Testimonials from past attendees have been outstanding and we know young leaders will benefit from this opportunity.

Click here for an application form, DEADLINE FEBRUARY 10.

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