Director: Molly Martin Contact: Youth Service
Youth Service Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month after our regular noon meeting. We meet from 1:30 - 3:00pm at Meson Sabika in the Pavillion.
2019-2020 Meetings - 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 1/, 2/6, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4
Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help young leader build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service. We are involved in many different areas to help support and grow the youth of our community. Please come and join us!
Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest. To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs around the world prepare thousands of young leaders through RYLA programs each year.
Camp RYLA is a four-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges. There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters.
The Rotary Club of Naperville provides scholarship opportunities for high school seniors who are residents of the 203 or 204 School District attendance areas. The following is a breakdown of the different scholarships available to students.
Gene Drendel Scholarship- This scholarship was introduced to honor Gene Drendel, a distinguished Rotarian, a longtime and well-respected educator, and life-long resident of Naperville. Gene was active in youth athletics, especially wrestling, high school football and Little League Baseball, as a coach, announcer and supporter. He was also active in many civic and charitable organizations.
The $5,000 Gene Drendel scholarship is awarded annually to one high school senior residing in Naperville school districts 203/204 who demonstrates athletic excellence while providing service to his or her community.
The Gene Drendel Scholarship Application can be downloaded HERE
Frank Slocumb Scholarship - This $2,000 scholarship is to honor Rotarian and Rotary Club of Naperville Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Frank Slocumb. The scholarship is awarded to two students who currently attend, or will be attending, one of the following local community colleges: College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College or Waubonsee Community College.
Recipients are to be of strong moral character, active in multiple community service organizations and have a high financial need. First preference will be given to candidates who enroll in an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree program that will enable them to transfer to a four-year college or university. Individuals who are first generation college students are encouraged to apply.
The Frank Slocumb Scholarship Application can be downloaded HERE
“Service Above Self” Scholarship- The Rotary Club of Naperville “Service Above Self” Scholarship specifically recognizes and rewards an applicant who successfully demonstrates a substantial commitment to service. In 1989 The Rotary Council on Legislation established Service Above Self as the principal motto of Rotary because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.
The $4,000 “Service Above Self” scholarship is awarded annually to two high school seniors residing in Naperville school districts 203/204. The specific areas that will be taken into consideration when reviewing applicants are in-school service and community service participation.
The "Service Above Self" Scholarship Application can be downloaded HERE
“At Hope” Scholarship - The Rotary Club of Naperville “At Hope” Scholarship specifically recognizes and rewards an applicant’s hopeful behavior in overcoming significant challenges during his/her high school career. How one chooses to navigate, emerge and overcome various life challenges, even at an early age, demonstrates the character of the individual, and the resolve for continued success.
A $1,000 “At Hope” scholarship will be awarded to one senior in each of the five local high schools. Local parochial high school seniors who reside in Naperville school districts 203/204 are also encouraged to apply. Two additional areas that will be taken into consideration when reviewing applicants are in-school service and community service participation.
The "At Hope" Scholarship Application can be downloaded HERE
Make a Difference - North Central Scholarship - This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to two local high school seniors who will be attending North Central College and has an interest in leadership, service, and displays the spirit of Rotary. In the case of multiple qualified candidates, the scholarship may be divided between them.
The Make a Difference - North Central Scholarship Application can be downloaded HERE