New Generations – Empowering Leaders


Rotaract & Interact

Do you want to be part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change? Are you looking for the chance to share your ideas and look at the world’s challenges in a new way? Join a Rotaract club and find all this and more, including:

Opportunities for:

  • Great fun and fellowship
  • Leadership development
  • Continuing community service
  • International service projects
  • Vocational Training Teams
  • Solving community problems
  • Young professionals network
  • Connections with top business and professional leaders plus References and referrals
  • Become eligible for scholarships through the Rotary Foundation

Rotarians & Friends at Vail Project

Food Bank Project

What is Rotaract?

Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.
The Rotaract Club of Tucson formed in 2011 sponsored by the Catalina Tucson Rotary Club has supported a number of community projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Diabetes Walk, El Tour Emergency Stations, Community Food Bank, and Beads of Courage.

How do I Join the Rotaract Club of Tucson?

Contact the Catalina Rotary Club and ask for information about Rotaract by clicking here.

Also like the Rotaract Club of Tucson on Facebook.

What is Interact?

Interact 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. Interact’s name is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon.

Through Interact, you can:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!
Three 2018 RYLA students with Catalina Rotarians

Three 2018 RYLA students with Catalina Rotarians

How does an Interact club create positive change?

Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

How do I join an Interact club?

The Catalina Rotary Club Sponsored an Interact Club at Tucson High School in May 2016.  Rotarians are looking forward to working on projects together and supporting student lead initiatives in the community.  Interact clubs meet at least twice a month. Contact the Tucson High School club to find out about its next meeting, service project, or social event.  You may also contact the Catalina (Tucson) Rotary Club to find out more information.

Interactors also have opportunities for leadership development through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Each year young people in Arizona are selected to attend a Rotary sponsored leadership camp experience in January at Chapel Rock, Prescott – Arizona. In an informal atmosphere, participants are engaged in a challenging program of leadership training, discussions, inspirational addresses and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.

New Generation Exchange (NGE):

The New Generations Exchange is the newest Rotary exchange program.  It caters to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, although the age range varies from one country to another.

The objective of this program is to create goodwill and international understanding through vocational training and cultural immersion.  The program is open for students or young professionals (who may or may not be Rotarians or Interactors). It can be for young people who have started, or are in the middle of, their further (higher) education.  The visitation can be arranged for an individual or a team of 4-7 men and/or women from the same country.

NGE involves a commercial aspect in accordance with the applicant’s career plans and aspirations as well as aspects of cultural understanding and tourism during their stay.  The New Generation Exchange can vary in length from a minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 3 months with most stays being about 4-6 weeks in length. Candidates can depart any time of year depending on agreement with the host club or district.  NGE is a serious, well-planned stay in a foreign country for young adults, quartered with one to several screened and approved host families.