Youth Services

Youth Services is the name of Rotary’s youth-oriented programs.  The Penfield Rotary Club recognizes the importance of providing educational, leadership and volunteer opportunities to the youth of our community.

The Penfield Rotary Club’s New Generations programs include:

  • Interact Club
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Rotary Scholarships
  • Dictionaries for Third Graders
  • Youth Study Exchange
  • Literacy Projects
  • Vocal Contest

Interact Club
The Penfield High School’s Interact Club is a Rotary-sponsored service club for youth ages 12-18.  Interact is formed from the words “international” and “action”.  Its members perform community service projects for both the local and international communities.  Please contact Penfield Rotarian Iveth Reynolds ( for more information.

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy is a leadership opportunity for students completing their junior year.   The RYLA program is held each year at the RIT campus in late June (June 28-July 2, 2015) and emphasizes leadership development, citizenship, and personal growth.  Penfield Rotary sponsors a Penfield student to attend this camp. Please contact Penfield Rotarian Linda Kohl ( for further information.

Oratorical Contest
The Penfield Rotary participates in a district-wide oratorical competition open to all high school juniors.  Please visit the Rotary District 7120 website for detailed information about this year’s contest.  You may contact Penfield Rotarian Jack Wetzel  ( for any questions or if you would like further information.

Penfield Rotary Scholarship: NOTE: Not offered this 2016-2017 academic year
The Penfield Rotary offers a $1000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who exhibits a high degree of public service.  All seniors, whether public, private or home-schooled, are eligible for this scholarship. They must be a resident of the Penfield School District.  Click here to print out the scholarship application.

Dictionary Project
As part of the Penfield Rotary’s efforts to promote literacy, a dictionary is given to every third grader enrolled in both public and private schools located within the Penfield School District.  Dictionaries are presented to schools during the fall, typically in November and December.  For more information about this program, please contact Penfield Rotarian Nels Carman (

Exchange Programs
The Penfield Rotary promotes international understanding and good will through many efforts, including the sponsorship of students for both long-term and short-term exchange programs.  Long term exchanges last oneyear and involve attending a local high school.  Short term exchange programs last one month and take place over the summer.  For more information, please contact Penfield Rotarian Jack Best (

Literacy Programs
The Penfield Rotary provides school supplies and reading items to students in need both in the Penfield schools and School #9 in Rochester.  Penfield Rotary participates in a district-level Literacy Committee that organizes book collections, tutoring, and read aloud programs as part of its mission to promote literacy around the world.  Please contact Penfield Rotarian Mary Ann Mady ( for further information.

Vocal Contest
The Penfield Rotary sponsors one high school senior each year in the district-wide vocal competition.  Winners of the District 7120 vocal competition receive prizes and the opportunity for a college scholarship.  You may contact Penfield Rotarian Steven Ketch ( for any questions or if you would like further information.

Click here to download our New Generations pamphlet