Supporting Children & Youth


Children and Youth


Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Kitchener Rotary delivers programs to help young leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.   

Rotary youth activities supported by the Rotary Club of Kitchener have included:

  • Providing selected students the opportunity, at no cost, to attend Camp Enterprise, a 3 day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo about business and entrepreneurship.  Camp Enterprise is organized in conjunction with Rotary Clubs in the Waterloo and Wellington regions.

  • Supporting young leaders between the ages of 18 and 25 to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp for a week. RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.

  • Actively sponsoring and supporting an Interact club at a Kitchener high school. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills and learn about the world through service projects and activities.

  • Helping high school students learn about local government by offering a Youth Forum in partnership with the City of Kitchener.  Members of Kitchener City council teach students about local government. Students work in small groups to develop a presentation regarding an issue that's important to them. Then students come to Kitchener City Hall and present their ideas and engage with members of council.


  • Providing an opportunity for local high school students to go abroad during a one year Youth Exchange and hosting incoming students by welcoming them into our homes and into our community.