Youth Exchange

Rotary-Youth-Exchange-The Youth Exchange Committee coordinates and reviews international exchange student applications for selection and sponsorship by the Rotary Club. Each year, our club hosts two inbound exchange students and sponsors two to four Traverse City students for exchange. Students are hosted by two to three families during their 11-month stay and attend one of the Traverse City area schools. Members will assist with documentation requirements, recruiting host families and overseeing student activities throughout the year for inbound and outbound students.

Life Leadership Conference

This committee identifies high school and first year university students in Grand Traverse County as applicants to the annual District 6290 leadership conference. Those students who demonstrate qualities and interests in leadership are sponsored to go to a three-day event of motivational speakers and panel discussions. Young men and women throughout the district and internationally enjoy the educational aspects and opportunity to make many new friends. Selection is made each April for the June conference. Typically, our club sponsors ten participants to attend the conference of nearly 200 attendees.


STRIVE is a program committed to assisting area youths with such things as academics, attitude, life skills and community involvement. This process historically takes place in initiatives such as mentoring and school based programs. This committee meets five to six times per year to review program needs, direction and grant awardees for area youth and projects.

Student Guests

On a weekly basis, two outstanding students are chosen from one of the 12 area high schools or Northwestern Michigan College to be recognized for their contributions. Students are selected by school administration and submitted to the committee. Students are introduced at the weekly Rotary meeting and have the opportunity to present their goals, accomplishments and ambitions. Members may take turns introducing the new students each week.


InteractInteract is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!

Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps the school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Service projects are an effective way for you to take action at home and abroad, connect with other young leaders and get members excited about your club.