Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by their individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are entirely self-governing through club elected officers, and self-supporting by individual fundraisers.
Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of 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 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 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.