Sooke Rotary now has its own wing for youth – it’s called the Interact club, and anyone 12 to 18 is welcome to join.
The idea is to provide local teens with an opportunity to connect with others in their community or school, said Deb Johnston, youth program coordinator at Sooke Rotary.
Johnston said the Rotary has looked at a way to get youth more involved, similarly to initiatives like the Sooke Youth Council, the leadership class at Edward Milne Community School and Sookies for Change.
“There’s been a number of groups at the high school and [we] figured, they would make a great Interact club,” she said.
The Interact isn’t the only option, either.
Post-secondary students who wish to continue their participation with the Rotary can move on to the Rotaract club, which is geared towards university students and young professionals.
Similar to other Rotary divisions, the Rotaract brings people aged 18 to 30 from international universities and communities to organize service activities and develop leadership and professional skills.
Youth can also take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a leadership development program that help high school students, post-secondary students or young professionals with communication skills, problem solving and conflict management.
For more info on what the Rotary club offers and how to join, please go online to rotary.org.