Interact is a service club for teens aged 12-18 that works with and for the community through various events, service projects, and fundraisers. Interact clubs are sponsored by their individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance; nevertheless, Interact clubs are entirely self-governed through club-elected officers and self-supported by individual fundraisers. The name Interact is a combination of the words international and action and thus emphasizes international service, creating overseas relationships and helping the disadvantaged worldwide.
Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They either draw from the student body of a single school or are community based, with members comprised of two or more schools in the same community.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects: one which benefits the club’s school and/or community, and one which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 11,000 clubs in 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Approximately 250,000 young people are involved in Interact.
This year, the Interact service project will be donating to a California based organization called the Camellia Network. With 80 foster youth aging out* every day, the Camellia Network connects youth to individuals and companies that can provide much needed financial and emotional support.