Interact is a service club for young people ages 14-18. Sponsored by local Rotary clubs, Interact clubs give young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.
• Develop leadership skills and personal integrity.
• Demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others.
• Understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work.
• Advance international understanding and goodwill.
Interact and Rotary
Interact is one of Rotary International’s nine structured programs designed to help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process.
Interactors and Rotarians are partners in service. Rotarians mentor promising youth in their communities. Interactors bring new energy to a Rotary club, inspire fresh ideas for service, increase support of projects, and help develop future Rotarians.
•Interact stands for international action.
•The first club was chartered in 1962 at Melbourne High School, FL, USA.
•Today there are more than 11,400 clubs in over 125 countries with an estimated membership of 250,000 youth worldwide.
Interact clubs are encouraged to:
•Be school-based or community-based.
•Have a Rotarian adviser and a faculty adviser for school-based clubs.
•Meet at least twice a month. Interactors must attend 60% of regularly scheduled meetings.
•Require no financial support from the sponsoring Rotary club.
Interactors carry out activities to:
•Benefit schools and communities
•Expand international understanding
Popular projects include:
•Visits to nursing homes, orphanages, and homeless shelters