Leadership for Young People
Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary – and we offer both clubs and programs to help young emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.

Group Study Exchange (GSE)
Each year, through the GSE program, young professionals, teachers, and business people make an exchange with the district of another country.  About six visitors visit us at a time, coinciding with our District Conference in the fall. We send roughly six to their district in the spring.

Rotaract brings together young people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/744423885613145

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 a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary. Rotary clubs across the Niagara Region and the Buffalo area search for qualified young people to participate. The program is an inspiring week-long personal development seminar for young people 19-25 years old, who are post-secondary students or recent graduates.  The 40 – 45 participants live in a dorm at SUNY and work together for a week in an intensive environment of co-operation and learning for personal development and self assessment, studying group dynamics, team development and career development. The program is carefully designed to provide leadership training and experience, including lectures and discussion periods with skilled and prominent facilitators, as well as recreation and fellowship.

Fees for the program are paid by participating Rotary clubs so there is no cost to the RYLA participants,

For more information to to http://www.ryla7090.com/

SLAPSHOT– Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training – is dedicated to promoting, honoring, celebrating, and nurturing young leaders who are high school students, 15 – 18 years old.

SLAPSHOT takes place annually, over a weekend, in Southern Ontario. The primary focus is to promote, leadership, self-esteem, and teamwork. Students stay overnight for in cabin settings, which provide the background for training in listening and interpersonal skills, assertiveness and problem-solving, team building, and presentation skills. Each year, students leave SLAPSHOT feeling more confident in themselves and prepared to strengthen their involvement with Interact Clubs and other initiatives that they believe will make a difference in their schools, local communities, and beyond.

SLAPSHOT offers the perfect opportunity for 100 high school students from throughout District 7090 to come together for a wonderful experience in fun, fellowship, and learning. The program is founded on Rotary ideals and serves as a strong link on the continuum of Rotary youth leadership development opportunities such as Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact, and Rotaract.