Rotary Youth Programs

Rotaract Club of LSU

Rotaract is a service club for young men and women, ages 18 to 30, who are dedicated to community and international service.
There are over 184,000 Rotaract members in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university- or community-based.

Rotaract LSU was founded in April 1993 by the Rotary International and is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary of Baton Rouge, which offers guidance and support to make this college-based  club a “partner in service” and a member of the family of Rotary.

Rotaract provides the service-minded student members opportunities for community service, leadership development, professional development and international service. Rotaract meetings are held at 5 p.m. every other Thursday during the LSU academic year in the Castilian Room in the LSU Student Union.

Rotaract LSU sponsors the KISS THE PIG contest each spring to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At this event held on the LSU campus, business people, civic leaders, and LSU administrative and sports figures vie to “not” kiss the pig, while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Rotaract LSU members also take part in many volunteer programs offered by Sunrise Rotary.

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Interact Club at The Dunham School

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge established an Interact Club at The Dunham School in the Spring Semester 2014. The first officers were elected in the fall semester of 2014.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary International. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals.

RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship