New Generations Service is Rotary's fifth Avenue of Service.
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It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the New Generations — all  young people up to the age of 30 — by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognizing the diversity of their needs. All clubs and districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of the New Generations: health, human values, education, and self-development. The RI Structured Programs for New Generations are Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth

Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians,  Rotarians’ spouse, and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Abuse and Harassment Prevention

RI has a zero-tolerance policy toward abuse and harassment. All Rotarians, clubs, and districts should follow the Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth and the RI guidelines for abuse and harassment prevention established by the general secretary, which include the following requirements:
   1) An independent and thorough investigation must be made into any claims of sexual abuse or harassment.
   2) Any adult involved in a Rotary youth program against whom an allegation of sexual abuse or harassment is made must be removed from all contact with youth until the matter is resolved.
   3) Any allegation of abuse must be immediately reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, in accordance with RI’s zero-tolerance policy.
   4) A club must terminate the membership of any Rotarian who admits to, is convicted of, or is otherwise found to have engaged in sexual abuse or harassment. A non-Rotarian who admits to, is convicted of, or is otherwise found to have engaged in sexual abuse or harassment must be prohibited from working with youth in a Rotary context. A club may not grant membership to a person who is known to have engaged in sexual abuse or harassment.
   5) If an investigation into a claim of sexual abuse or harassment is inconclusive, then, for the safety of youth participants and the protection of the accused, additional safeguards must be put in place to ensure the protection of any youth with whom the individual may have future contact. If there are subsequent claims of sexual abuse or harassment, the adult shall be permanently prohibited from working with youth in a Rotary context. Regardless of criminal or civil guilt, the continued presence of the adult could be detrimental to the reputation of the organization and could be harmful to youth. It can also benefit the adult in preventing additional accusations from other youth. A person who is accused but later cleared of charges may apply to be reinstated to participate in youth programs. Reinstatement is not a right, and no guarantee is made that he or she will be instated to his or her former position.

Failure to Comply with Youth Protection Laws

A club must appropriately address any allegations that one of its members involved in Rotary-related youth programs has violated youth protection laws. Any club that fails to do so may have its membership suspended or terminated by the RI Board.

International Travel by Youth
No individual Rotarian, club, or district shall undertake an alternative program structure to send minors abroad that circumvents RI youth protection policies, Youth Exchange policy, or the immigration and travel policies of any nation or government. Rotary clubs may not send or receive Youth Exchange students outside of the structure of their district’s Youth Exchange program. No Rotary club may assist or cooperate in sending a young person abroad on an international travel activity unless careful plans, covering every aspect of the proposed trip, are made.
No individual Rotarian, club, or district shall assist or cooperate in sending a young person abroad on an international travel activity unless every aspect of the proposed trip is carefully planned in advance and approved by the district youth protection officer and district Youth Exchange committee chair. In districts without a youth protection officer, the district governor and the district Youth Exchange chair must approve the arrangements.
No club should provide an identification card, letter of introduction, request for assistance, or other credential or document intended to identify or introduce a young person to a club or clubs in another country, unless complete mutual agreement has been reached in advance with respect to the hospitality or assistance to be provided by the host club.
No club is obliged to provide hospitality or assistance to any young person from another country, despite any documented or claimed sponsorship of a Rotary club, unless the receiving Rotary club has specifically agreed in advance to provide such hospitality or assistance.
Recognizing that Rotary clubs and districts are encouraged to undertake activities that develop the New Generations, club and district programs or activities that involve minors undertaking travel outside their local community must develop, maintain, and comply with youth protection policies and written procedures. With the exception of travel and tours operated by or on behalf of host districts, Youth Exchange travel is subject to the policies outlined in Rotary Code of Policies.
Clubs and districts
   1) Shall obtain written permission from the parents or guardians of all youth participants in advance of travel outside the local community
   2) Shall provide parents or legal guardians with specific details about the program, location of event, travel itineraries, sleeping accommodations, and contact information for program organizers before departure
   3) Should, when traveling 150 miles away from home residence or out of home country, require the parents or legal guardians of each minor to provide travel insurance for the minor, which includes such coverage as medical (when traveling outside home country), emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and legal liability, in amounts satisfactory to the club or district organizing the activity or event, with coverage from the time of the minor’s departure from home until the return home.
Club and district policies and procedures should include:
   1) Volunteer application and screening procedures
   2) Outlines of volunteer job descriptions and responsibilities
   3) Supervision standards for ratio of adults to minors
   4) A crisis management plan, including:
       a) Handling medical and other emergencies and providing for adult support
       b) Procedures for communicating with parents and legal guardians
   5) Written guidelines for reporting and follow-through on allegations or incidents consistent with RI policy.

New Generations Month
September is designated as New Generations Month in order to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30. Rotary clubs are encouraged to use the slogan Every Rotarian an Example to Youth in club bulletins and publicity material during New Generations Month.

Interact clubs are organized to provide an opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. Young people ages 12-18 are eligible for Interact club membership.

   1) To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity
   2) To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others
   3) To create an awareness of the importance of home and family
   4) To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
   5) To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement
   6) To develop life skills, including self-development, time management, and personal finances
   7) To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society
   8) To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs
   9) To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill toward all peoples
   An Interact club is organized, sponsored, and supervised by a Rotary club or clubs and is established following the endorsement of the governor upon certification and recognition by RI. Each Interact club must be sponsored by a Rotary club whose locality embraces the area where the Interact members live or the school(s) they attend. Its continued existence depends upon the continued sponsorship of its sponsoring Rotary club and continued recognition by RI. Within the framework established by RI, the sponsoring Rotary club is responsible for organizing the Interact club and providing it with guidance and counsel thereafter, and has complete control and supervision over all its activities, policies, and programs.
   Where the Interact club is school-based, control and supervision of the sponsoring Rotary club shall be exercised in full cooperation with the school authorities. Such clubs are subject to the same regulations and policies established by the school authorities for all student organizations and extracurricular activi ties. Rotary club sponsorship of community-based Interact clubs organized other than in connection with educational institutions is encouraged.
   A standard Interact club constitution is prescribed by RI and subject to amendment only by the RI Board. As a prerequisite of its organization and certification, each Interact club must adopt the Standard Interact Club Constitution and automatically adopt all amendments subsequently made by the RI Board. Each Interact club must adopt bylaws consistent with the Standard Interact Club Constitution and RI policy. These bylaws are subject to the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club.

Key Messages for the Interact Program
Rotary clubs and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Interact:
   1) Promote Interact to maintain the growth and continuity of the program. Use publications, video, the Internet, club presentations, and other methods. District Interact chairs and representatives should create a district Interact newsletter.
   2) Establish strong relationships between Interact clubs and their sponsor Rotary clubs. Assign Rotary club members as mentors for Interactors. Invite Interactors to attend meetings of the sponsor Rotary club and include them in service projects, such as polio eradication efforts. Suggest that Rotary clubs appoint an Interact committee.
   3) Share information about Rotary with Interactors to develop a lifelong interest in Rotary. Distribute Rotary publications such as the Governor’s Monthly Letter, Rotary Leader, and The Rotarian or regional magazine to Interact clubs.
   4) Work with Interactors aging out of the Interact program or relocating, to find new potential Rotaract or Interact clubs.
   5) Consult with Interact clubs to develop a district wide service project for all Interact clubs.
   6) Ask Interactors to give presentations on their club’s projects at Rotary club and district meetings.
   7) Recognize Rotarians who are involved in Interact at the club and district levels.

World Interact Week
The RI Board encourages Rotary and Interact clubs to observe the week (Monday through Sunday) that includes 5 November as World Interact Week, to involve Rotary and Interact clubs around the world in a common activity of international scope and visibility.
   Detailed Interact information can be found in the Interact Handbook (654-EN) and at

The Rotaract program provides young adults an opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, address the physical and social needs of their communities, and promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaract clubs are composed of young adults ages 18-30 who live, work, or study within the vicinity of the sponsoring Rotary club. On 30 June of the Rotaract year in which a member becomes 30 years old, his or her Rotaract membership will end.

1) To develop professional and leadership skills
2) To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations
3) To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world
4) To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs
5) To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary
   All Rotary Foundation Scholars ages 18-30 are eligible for guest Rotaract club membership during the period of their study in another country.
   Each Rotaract club is governed by a board of directors composed of the president, immediate past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and any additional directors determined by the club. All must be elected from among
members in good standing of the club, with elections held annually before 1 March. Election methods must be compatible with local customs and procedures, but in no case should an election require more than a simple majority of members present and in good standing.
   The district Rotaract committee should be composed of equal numbers of Rotarians and Rotaractors, with the district Rotaract committee chair (a Rotarian) and the district Rotaract representative (a Rotaractor) serving as cochairs.
District Rotaract chairs and representatives should help Rotaract clubs develop collaborative relationships with their sponsoring Rotary clubs and actively establish personal contacts with the members.
   Each Rotaract club should mention after its name “sponsored by the Rotary Club of (name).” Rotaract clubs are not considered part of or a legal affiliate of the sponsoring Rotary club or of RI. Rotaract club members, known as
Rotaractors, are not to be called or considered “junior Rotarians,” nor may they use or wear the Rotary emblem.

Key Messages for the Rotaract Program
   • Promote Rotaract to maintain the continuity and growth of the program by using publications, video, the Internet, club presentations, district meetings,
and other methods.
   • Establish strong relationships between Rotaract clubs and their sponsor Rotary clubs. Involve Rotaractors in the life of the district, including regular meetings with sponsor Rotary clubs, attendance at district events, and working together on service projects. Welcome requests from Rotaractors for Rotarians to be involved in Rotaract activities.
   • Create and help maintain strong, motivated Rotaract club membership with a diversity of ages between 18 and 30.
   • Increase the capacity of Rotaract clubs to provide service through cooperation with the family of Rotary. Work together with Rotary, Interact, other Rotaract clubs, and groups such as RYLA participants and Rotary Foundation scholars on projects and activities.
   • Provide training opportunities to Rotaract club officers and district Rotaract representatives.
   • Develop future leaders through Rotaract. Mentor Rotaractors to increase their professional and leadership skills and encourage high ethical standards
   • Recognize clubs and individuals at the district level that have made outstanding service contributions through Rotaract or have strengthened the Rotary-Rotaract relationship.
   • Welcome former Rotaractors into Rotary clubs. Create and maintain a district
Rotaract alumni program in support of this effort.

Rotaract Organization
A standard Rotaract club constitution is prescribed by RI and subject to amendment only by the RI Board. As a prerequisite of its organization and certification, each Rotaract club must adopt the Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and automatically adopt all amendments subsequently made by the RI Board. Each Rotaract club must also adopt bylaws consistent with the Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and RI policy. These bylaws are subject to the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club.
   A Rotaract club may be terminated by
   1) Rotary International, with or without the consent, approval, or concurrence of the sponsoring Rotary club, for failure to function in accordance with its constitution or for other cause
   2) Its sponsoring Rotary club, after consultation with the governor and district Rotaract representative
   3) The Rotaract club itself, upon its own determination

Rotaract Motto
The motto Fellowship Through Service has been adopted for appropriate use by Rotaract clubs and their members.

World Rotaract Week
The RI Board encourages Rotary and Rotaract clubs to observe the week (Monday through Sunday) that includes 13 March as World Rotaract Week and to involve Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world in a common activity of international scope and visibility as determined by the RI president.

Leadership Training Meetings for Rotaract
Districts shall provide all incoming Rotaract club officers with leadership training.The training should include a one- to two-day leadership training seminar  — conducted by the district Rotaract committee and paid for by the sponsoring Rotary clubs — for all incoming Rotaract club officers, directors, and committee chairs. Where appropriate, training should be included in the Rotary district assembly program. Where circumstances dictate, other mutually agreed-upon financial arrangements may be made involving the sponsoring Rotary clubs, Rotary district, and Rotaract participants.
Additional Rotaract information can be found in the Rotaract Handbook (562-EN) and at


Rotary Youth Exchange
Youth Exchange is an RI Structured Program that gives youth ages 15-19 an opportunity to visit or study in a country other than their own. There are three types of Youth Exchange:

   • Long-term exchanges allow the student to study in another country for an academic year.
   • Short-term exchanges allow the student to visit another country for  little as a few weeks.
   • New Generations exchanges allow young adults aged 18-25 to visit or study in another country for up to three months.
   All students must apply locally and be sponsored by a Rotary club in their community. The parents or legal guardians are expected to provide health, accident, and liability insurance and roundtrip transportation to and from the hosting district. Host families for the students are expected to provide room and board for the student, while the hosting, or receiving, district should provide for all educational expenses, as well as a modest monthly allowance for those students on a long-term exchange. Exchanges are organized between sponsoring and hosting districts by agreement and are expected to be reciprocal.
   All club, district, and multidistrict Youth Exchange programs are encouraged to enhance risk management efforts to prevent and respond appropriately to any alleged instances of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse involving program participants. In addition, clubs and districts are strongly encouraged to consult legal counsel regarding liability issues before undertaking Youth Exchange activities, including advice on securing liability insurance.
   The RI Board, with a view to promoting Youth Exchange as an opportunity for the development of international understanding, encourages governors to appoint district Youth Exchange officers or committees, include incoming governors as members of these committees, and provide the general secretary with their names and addresses. The district Youth Exchange officers or committees are under the supervision of their respective governors.

Youth Exchange District Certification
The general secretary maintains a district certification program for Youth Exchange. The certification process requires all district Youth Exchange programs to provide Rotary International with evidence that they have adopted the youth protection, student support, and other guidelines in their long-term and short-term exchange programs. All club and district Youth Exchange programs must comply with RI youth protection policies and other requirements in order to participate in the Youth Exchange program. If local circumstances or laws are such that a district cannot meet any one of the guidelines, they must notify the general secretary in writing and develop alternate procedures that maintain the intent of the guidelines in order to be considered for certification. Only certified districts may participate in the Youth Exchange program, and districts conducting exchanges with noncertified districts jeopardize their own certification status.

Multidistrict Exchange Programs
Each governor is urged to do all possible to foster Youth Exchange activities in the district while retaining authority over the program. It is recognized that clubs in two or more districts may wish to jointly undertake an activity or program. The RI Board has no objection to recognizing these multidistrict groups, provided the governor of each district involved meets the appropriate provisions
Additional Youth Exchange information can be found in the Youth Exchange Handbook (746-EN) and at


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an RI Structured Program for young people ages 14-18 and 19-30. The age groupings are meant to address to invite socially and economically disadvantaged youth with leadership potential to participate in RYLA programs.
   RYLA is intended to develop qualities of leadership, good citizenship, and personal development among the young people of their communities. RYLA programs may be conducted at the club or district level, and most follow a seminar or leadership camp format.

   1) To further demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
   2) To encourage and assist selected youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a training experience
   3) To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth
   4) To publicly recognize the qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders

   RYLA programs should include a core curriculum addressing the following topics:
   1) Fundamentals of leadership
   2) Ethics of positive leadership
   3) Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
   4) Problem solving and conflict management
   5) What Rotary is and what it does for the community
   6) Building self-confidence and self-esteem
   7) The elements of community and global citizenship, while reflecting issues of local relevance carried out in a manner appropriate to local customs

   Rotarians involved in RYLA are encouraged to
   1) Make contact with each other, share information, and attend each others’ RYLA events
   2) Organize multidistrict or international RYLA events
   3) Place information about their RYLA events, including key training materials, on the Internet
   4) Invite RYLA participants who may not have easy access to leadership development opportunities, including candidates from other organizations
   5) Provide continuity to their RYLA participants by including them in the development of future RYLA events and encouraging them to become involved in mentoring
   RYLA events should be established to facilitate the exchange of information between Rotarians involved in RYLA, possibly at the zone level. In addition, governors and directors are encouraged to include RYLA in the programs of the district assembly, district conference, and Rotary institutes. (RCP 41.060.6.)
   Additional RYLA information can be found in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
(694-EN) and at