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
Other Committees 

Rotary Youth Exchange

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.


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.

  • Bloomington Central Catholic, sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunrise 
  • Champaign Centennial, sponsored by Champaign Rotary 
  • Champaign Central, sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Sunrise and Savoy 
  • Charleston High School, sponsored by Charleston Rotary 
  • Clinton YMCA Excel Club, sponsored by Clinton Rotary 
  • Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, sponsored by Gibson City Rotary 
  • Mahomet-Seymour, sponsored by Mahomet Rotary Club 
  • 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 
  • Rantoul High School, sponsored by Rantoul Rotary 
  • Robinson High School, sponsored by Robinson Rotary 
  • St. Thomas More High School, sponsored by Champaign West Rotary 
  • Sullivan High School, sponsored by Sullivan Rotary 
  • University High School, sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunset Rotary 
  • Urbana High School, sponsored by Urbana Rotary  
  • Vandalia High School, sponsored by Vandalia Rotary  
  • Decatur Young Leaders in Action, sponsored by Decatur 180 
Download information on starting an Interact in your community.

Download the District 6490 Interact Club Project Request 2021-22


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.

  • Champaign County Rotaract

Community Based

President: Jacob Jarrett



Sponsor Club: Champaign West

Meeting Time: See FB

Learn more about Rotaract Clubs

Rotaract Committee 

Chair: Nick Voss (Champaign West)

District 6490 Rotaract Facebook Discussion group:


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)

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.

Download the RYLA Manual 

RYLA Application and Medical Authorization Form

Other Committees 

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

Literacy and Education Committee

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.

2021-2022 High School Essay Writing Contest

Download the Guidelines and Registration Packet 

Please direct questions to Jackie Wells at:



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Time to Submit District Awards Applications!
Club Awards
These awards will recognize a small club (under 50 members) and a large club for their performance throughout the past year. Eligible clubs must meet the 13 of 25 possible goals entered into Rotary Club Central for a Rotary Citation. Clubs will have been actively worked to increase club membership, developed service projects, promoted giving to The Rotary Foundation, and built awareness of Rotary.
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Individual Awards
Rotarians who have made their clubs and communities here and around the world better places to live and work will be honored for their commitment to Rotary. Nominees shall have demonstrated leadership and the advancement of service.
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Avenues of Service Awards
As Rotarians, we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through the five Avenues of Service which are the foundation of club activity. Projects must be new or enhanced projects and may not have previously received an award. Club presidents should send completed applications for Avenues of Service awards by June 30th to Heather Stoa at:
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Past recipients can be seen under the “About the District” tab on the website.”

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Recording of International Women's Day Panel, with Ukraine Update.
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End Polio Now Video produced by Rotarians in our Zones 30-31.
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