Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide leadership development opportunities while engaging youth in Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, both locally and internationally.
 
The Rotary Youth Engaged in Service Program (YES) provides unique local and international service opportunities to 
grade 11 high school students.   
  • Local community organizations receive hundreds of volunteer hours as each student commits to a minimum of  eighty hours of meaningful service during the school year. 
  • Villagers at international service sites are provided with much needed assistance and develop positive relationships with Americans and Canadians. 
  • Students experience a culture quite unlike their own, causing them to reevaluate their priorities and goals. 
  • Rotarians become more enthusiastic about fundraising when they learn of the significant impact of their efforts.
 
YES Program Announcement
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High school students throughout Rotary District 5050 are being offered the opportunity to experience the joy of serving others by volunteering in their local community and participating in an international humanitarian service project. Students attend monthly leadership training meetings and contribute 80 hours of local volunteer service during their Junior Year--Grade 11. Each student is responsible for $1,500 of the program cost. If you are interested in finding new meaning and direction for your life by assisting local community organizations, improving the conditions of the poorest of the poor in remote regions of the world, and are selected for a YES team, you agree to:
 
  1. Pay the program fee of $1,500. Rotary mentors assist in fundraising to meet this goal.
  2. Log in 80 hours of volunteer community service from October to May.
  3. Participate in a monthly team meeting, the weekend team building retreat, and the Youth Adventures in Leadership weekend.
  4. Assist with program fundraisers.
  5. Obtain a passport and recommended immunizations at your own expense.
  6. Bring enough money to pay for personal expenses such as some meals and souvenirs.
 

How to complete the application process online:

  1. Register for an account here
  2. Once logged in, fill out the application here

Applications may be submitted at any time. Team members are selected in May and June. You must be entering grade 11 in September to qualify.