A program for individuals ages 14-18 and 19-30. The groupings are to address varying needs and maturity levels. RYLA is intended to develop qualities of leadership, good citizenship, and personal development among young people of our community. This program may be conducted at the club or district level.
Program goals are:
- To demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
- To encourage and assist youth leaders in methods of leadership
- To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth
- To publicly recognize young people who render service to their communities as youth leaders
A club organized to provide an opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. Students at the secondary or pre-university level, or young people ages 14-18, are eligible for Interact club membership.
Program goals are:
- To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity
- To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others
- To create an awareness of the importance of home and family
- To build and respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
- To emphasize individual responsibility as the basis of personal success and group achievement
- To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society
- To provide opportunities for increased knowledge of community, national, and world affairs
- To open avenues of personal and group action leading to goodwill toward all peoples
The Rotary Club of North Conway supports educational initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. We believe education is the number one way to rid the world of hunger and promote peace. In our efforts to stand behind this important mission, our club supports various scholarships through schools and organizations in Mount Washington Valley.
Our largest area of giving is through scholarships at the High School level. We partner with Dollars for Scholars, a national organization, to give scholarships to two students from Kennett High School in the amounts of $1000 each. These scholarships are awarded to outgoing Senior’s for their freshman year in college. Students must display excellence in academics as well show caring and concern for community through volunteerism.
In addition to these scholarships, Rotary also supports our future community leaders with a $500 scholarship to the Mount Washington Valley Leadership Program each year. This program is hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and in it’s 8 month duration young professionals, who have demonstrated leadership skills, learn how giving of themselves is not only good for the community but personally rewarding. Students spend time learning about everything from the local and state legislative process to how to effectively serve on and run boards of directors and how non-profits impact the overall health of a community.
Rotary also awards scholarships to High School students so they may participate in regional and national competition events as part of their High School experience. Scholarships are available for the Career and Technical Center, The Arts, Hospitality Management, as well as on an individual level dependant on the situation.
Internationally, The Rotary Club of North Conway sponsors an exchange student of high school age every other year. When a student is available, the club sponsors a local student to travel abroad for a year of education overseas. For more information about this program go to the link, International Service, at the top of this page.