Youth Service        

By nurturing youth, Rotarians can provide the skills young people need to succeed as future community leaders. Youth programs provide Rotarians the opportunity to develop their own leadership and communications skills and also provides for many incredible moments!  

Youth Service Activities:

Rotary Youth Exchange
Interact
Rotaract
EarlyAct
RYLA
Other Activities/Committees 

Rotary Youth Exchange

*DUE TO COVID-19, THIS PROGRAM IS ON HOLD DUE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CONCERNS. PLEASE CHECK AGAIN IN THE SUMMER OF 2022 FOR UPDATES.*

District 6490 is very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, which involves hosting international students in the U.S. and sending our local students to study abroad. These exchanges have a powerful, lasting impact on the students and host families alike. Learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange.

Outbound Program (US students studying abroad)

Learn more about the District 6490 Outbound program and application process.

Inbound Program (International students studying in Central IL)

Learn more about the District 6490 Inbound program, studying in Central IL

Rotary Youth Exchange Committee

 Chair: Terry Weir (Marshall) 

This committee assists eligible high school students in applying for and completing a year overseas as Rotary youth ambassadors representing their country, community and Rotary club.

Interact

Chair: Art Drake (Normal)

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self”. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. The following are Interact clubs within the district.

  • Central Catholic High School, Bloomington – sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary
  • University High School, Normal – sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunset Rotary
  • Champaign Central High School – sponsored by Savoy and Champaign-Urbana Sunrise Rotary
  • Champaign Centennial High School – sponsored by Champaign Rotary
  • The High School of St. Thomas More – sponsored by Champaign West Rotary
  • Charleston High School – sponsored by Charleston Rotary
  • Clinton YMCA Excel Club – sponsored by Clinton Rotary
  • Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley Club– sponsored by Gibson City Rotary
  • Hoopeston High School - sponsored by Hoopeston Rotary
  • Mahomet-Seymour High School - sponsored by Mahomet Rotary
  • Marshall High School – sponsored by Marshall Rotary
  • Monticello High School – sponsored by Monticello Rotary
  • Normal Community High School – sponsored by Normal Rotary
  • Paris High School – sponsored by Paris Rotary
  • Pontiac High School - sponsored by Pontiac Rotary
  • Prairie Central High School - sponsored by Fairbury Rotary
  • Rantoul Township High School – sponsored by Rantoul Rotary
  • Robinson High School – sponsored by Robinson Rotary
  • Schlarman High School - sponsored by Danville Sunrise Rotary
  • Sullivan High School - sponsored by Sullivan Rotary
  • Urbana High School – sponsored by Urbana Rotary
  • Vandalia Community High School – sponsored by Vandalia Rotary
  • YILA - sponsored by Decatur Rotary

Download information on starting an Interact in your community.

Rotaract

Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

  • Douglas Country Rotaract

    Community Based

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/docorotaract

    Sponsor Club: Tuscola

    Meeting Time: See FB

  • Illini Rotaract

    College-based: University of Illinois

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/illinirotaract

    Sponsor Clubs: Urbana and Champaign West

    Meeting Time: See FB

  • Champaign County Rotaract

    Community Based

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChampaignCountyRotaract/

    Email: ChampaignCountyRotaract@gmail.com

    Sponsor Club: Champaign West

    Meeting Time: See FB

  • Rotaract Club of Bloomington Normal

    Community Based

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BNRotaract/

           Sponsor Club: Bloomington Normal Sunrise

          Meeting Time: See FB 

Learn more about Rotaract Clubs

Rotaract Committee 

Chair: Nick Voss (Champaign West)

           District 6490 Rotaract Facebook Discussion group: 

           https://www.facebook.com/groups/District6490Rotaract/

EarlyAct

EarlyAct is a service club for elementary or middle school/junior high age students. The sponsoring Rotary club members act as facilitators, role models, and mentors to the EarlyAct Club members. A faculty sponsor is also highly recommended for club success. EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles by identifying and carrying out service projects that benefit their school, local and global communities. 

  • EarlyAct Committee - This committee can provide assistance and materials to help clubs establish their own EarlyAct Club.

    Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

DUE TO COVID-19, THIS PROGRAM IS ON HOLD. PLEASE CHECK AGAIN IN FEBRUARY 2021 FOR UPDATES.

Chair: Roxanne Johnston (Rantoul)

 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee organizes a three-day weekend in the spring for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors where students develop leadership and team building skills while having fun.

Learn more about RYLA.

Other Committees

Here are other District 6490 committees that help carry out the mission of Youth Service:

Global Grants

Chair: Kevin Yonce, (Champaign West)

The committee is responsible for insuring compliance with the policies, Memorandums of Understanding, and reporting requirements set forth by TRF and our District, qualifying clubs each year to participate in Global Grants, recommending approval of requested DDF to the DG and DRFC, approving the District Grant Proposal applications before submission to TRF.

Scholarships and Rotary Peace Fellowships

Chair: George Johnston (CU Illini After Five)

The chair serves as a resource for any potential applicants for global grant scholarships who would like to study at institutions in the district. For potential Peace Fellows, the chair helps recruit and select qualified candidates. The chair works with the district alumni chair to involve scholars and peace fellows in alumni activities.

Literacy

Chair: Jackie Wells (Villa Grove)

The Basic Education and Literacy Committee works with clubs to implement local projects such as the high school essay contest, supports international literacy initiatives, and distributes the Cardinal Care Funds.

 

 

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