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Our Youth Services Programs consist of two programs- Interact and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) as described below.
 
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 – 18. 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, the Interact Program has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands sponsors Interact Clubs at five local high schools:
  • The Woodlands High School 
  • College Park High School
  • John Cooper High School
  • The Woodlands Christian Academy
Although our Club provides support and guidance to each Club, each Club is a self-governing and self-supporting organization. To learn more, contact the Rotarian responsible for each Club (see list of Officers on our Home Page).

Each year, Interact Clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, students 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, and advancing international understanding and goodwill. 
 
Interact also allows participating students to 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
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.  RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communitiesAdvancing international understanding and goodwill