Interact

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world
  • 20,372

    Interact clubs

  • 468,556

    Interactors

  • 159

    countries with Interact clubs

 

What’s involved?

Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

Celebrate the global impact of Interact by getting involved in:

  • World Interact Week
  • Interact Video Awards
  • Rotary Youth Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day

How do I join?

Check with your school or contact a local Rotary club to find out if there’s an Interact club in your area. Contact the Interact club to find out how you can join its next meeting, service project, or community event.

Follow Interact on Facebook to see how Interact clubs are having fun through service.

Can I start an Interact club?

If your school or community doesn’t already have an Interact club, you can start one. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A sponsor Rotary club to provide support and guidance
  • An adviser from your school’s faculty or a sponsor Rotary club to assist and mentor you
  • People ages 12-18 from your school or community who are interested in joining the club
  • Leaders to organize your club, find other members, and plan successful projects

Everything you need to organize, certify, and manage your club is in the Interact Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisers.

Can my Rotary club sponsor an Interact club?

Empower young people in your community to take action, develop leadership skills, and gain a global perspective through Interact. Not only will Interact challenge them to reach their full potential, it will also energize and inspire your Rotary club while building connections in the community and around the world.

The Mississauga City Centre Interact club was formed in November 2008 with 10 members. This year’s President, and our speaker, Joanna Pitsounis was one of those members. Most of the original 10 members graduated at the end of the school year, however word spread about this great organization and they currently have 18 members.

During the past year, they have had many guest speakers, attended the conference and have been involved in fund-raising.

As they were new, they visited each class and told the students about Interact and that they were trying to raise money for bed kits for Sleeping Children Around the World.  The students and staff became involved with students donating money, teachers fining those late to class and donating the money. In 2 1/2 weeks, they raised $1,950 and purchased 67 bed kits. Joanna bought photos of the children with their bed kits for us to see.

Interact clubs need to become involved in 1 local and 1 international project per year. They helped with the Ribfest as their local project.

This year they are raising funds for Doctors without Borders and have several fundraising ideas, including having their music group Gamma, busk, and roasting and selling S’mores. They will also be participating in S.O.A.R (Students helping orphans in Africa with relief).

The school has a Green Team and they are thinking of joining with that team and working on local wildlife projects – particularly with respect to Giant Hogweed.

There are 16 active Interact clubs in our District. Joanna invited us all to attend their meetings – each Tuesday at 3.15 for 45 minutes to an hour.

A wonderful speaker who makes Rotary proud to be involved with youth.