Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

The short-term exchange program (STEP) is a reciprocal family-to-family exchange for students between the ages of 15-19 at the time of the exchange. It offers students the opportunity to gain international understanding while becoming familiar with another culture. The exchange takes place over the summer months.
To apply:  Online Application   (Applications for the Summer 2022 Exchange Year are now open, with the caveat the exchange will only proceed if it is deemed safe to do so)

(Canada Only) is a FREE game-based learning platform for introducing the foundational skills and logic around coding!

Featuring three unique journeys appropriate for grades K-3, 4-6, and 7+ that give youth the opportunity to learn and apply coding concepts in both block and text based languages. Each journey has a final project in which youth can build a game or app using their new understanding of coding.

During our weekly meeting on Monday August 9, 2021, Kurt Scherer, chair of Local Community Services presented a cheque from our club in the amount of $12,320 to Jean Claude at Umoja Community Mosaic. From LCS came $9,570 for a food security program and $$2,750 from youth budget for 10 notebooks. Jean Claude expressed his appreciation and acknowledged the long standing relationship his organization has with our club. He will be back in six months time to give us an update.

The Free Reading Program

The Free Reading Program
Is free for students in need and sponsored by donors who want to help make a change. Our program provides learners in reading levels K-6 with a comprehensive online studying tool, designed to reinforce fundamental reading skills. With over 3,500 activities accessible online, our program is used by over 300,000 students in 185 countries. 

RAYEC 2022 Volunteer Opportunity

We know clubs are in full planning mode at this time so just an update on the Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC).  RAYEC is a week-long camp that takes place every August for youth ages 13- 15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship.  The camp is free for youth due to sponsorship from Rotary Clubs and Community Futures and is held at Eagles Nest Ranch (about 45 minutes southeast of Medicine Hat)
RAYEC was cancelled for 2020 and 2021 but we partnered with Medicine Hat College to offer a Venture Start Up program.  It was offered in May/June this year, delivered virtually with 17 youth registered.  In the end, 9 were active participants and 5 started a business in their own community.
We are now focussed on building RAYEC for August 2022.
Where we need support:
  • Sponsorship for youth (campers and youth leaders) - $1,000 per youth
    • Clubs do not have to find a youth but we do ask you to spread the word and encourage youth to apply.  We start taking applications in February.  It is a simple on-line application process.
  • Adult volunteers in the following areas
    • Business team leaders – no specific business experience necessary.  Support is given by the youth leaders (all previous campers) and there is a set curriculum and daily agenda
    • Recreation leaders – field games, archery, riflery, paintball, ropes course, climbing wall.  The Eagle’s Nest Ranch camp staff provides the technical expertise for these areas.  Rec leaders lead the campers and provide support.
    • Camp office and logistics support (can be limited to specific days or all week).
Volunteers can think of this as a week at a wilderness conference centre.  Free room and board.  Wonderful camaraderie with lots of Rotarians and others.
Visit the website at for more information.
If your Club would like any sort of presentation or briefing, please just reach out.  We’d love to tell you more about RAYEC.
Jodie Eckert
RAYEC Camp Manager
Interact Clubs
Interact clubs bring together young people
ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills
and learn about the world through service
projects and activities.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA is a leadership development program
for young people who want to learn new 
skills, build their confidence, and have fun. 
Events range from one-day seminars to
weeklong camps.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one
young person at a time. Students learn a new 
language, discover another culture, and truly
become global citizens. Exchanges for
students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary
Clubs in more than 100 countries.
Rotary Alberta Youth
Entrepreneurship Camp
A week-long camp that takes place every
August for youth ages 13- 15 who are
interested in learning about business and
entrepreneurship. The main focus of this
camp is to educate youth about  marketing, 
advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement
and writing a business plan.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
RYPEN is an annual leadership camp
intended for aspiring leaders, aged 13-17, to
learn new skills, participate in leadership
and teamwork activities, and make new
friends in the process!
Rotex fills the gap after Rotary Youth
Exchange. After returning home, many
students miss their lives abroad. Rotex helps
keep the international connections going.

Recent Youth Program History & Participants


YEX ( Youth Exchange Program)

Reports from our most recent inbound and outbound students:

Previous Inbound & Outbound YEX Participants

Inbound: Roope Korpinen 2014-15 Inbound: Lori Mattei 2017-18 Inbound: Laura Pipolo 2018-19 Inbound: Margot Robins 2019-20
Outbound: Emily Hallorin 2008-09 Outbound: Hannah Schafiei 2017-18 Out: Emma Raleigh-Smith 2018-19 Outbound: Jakob Hettinga 2019-20

Ambassadorial Scholarship

RYLA   (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

  • 2021 Cancelled due to Covid.
  • 2020 Cancelled due to Covid.
  • 2019 Laura Pipolo, Zach Smith, John Alford,Aaron Verhesenand and Seaira Constable.
  • 2018 Jerimah Nudd, Reece Barrett, Curtis Nikiforuk, Allison Collins and Alexander Smith.
  • 2018 Annual Conference, read the report from councillors Khalid Keshavjee and Alisha Kurji
  • 2017 Azra Jeraj, Kenzie Benesh, Hannah Tarasco, Lauren Simpson, and Lori Mattei.
  • 2016 Elizabeth Chima, Jewels-Rose Pigott, Edvin Kurian, Evin Kurian, Ruiji Pan, and Alyssa Chow.
  • 2015 Tatiana Pratt, Kayla Nguyen, Nareesa Karmali, Aman Kurji, Amelia McGill, and Catherine Heger.

RAYEC  (Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp)

  • 2021 Virtual Camp
  • 2020 Cancelled due to Covid.
  • 2019 Daniel Chang
  • 2017 Kaylee Quinney, Tyler Louis

RYPEN   (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment)

  • 2020 Cancelled due to Covid 19.
  • 2018 David Munyezam Pictuu
  • 2017 Haleigh Schreyer, Rylee Cain
  • 2016 Sunday James, Tiara Evans