Rotary Club of Calgary North works with our Rotary Distict, and Rotary International to provide young people with programming that gives them opportunities to explore the world around them, learn and grow. From exchange programs that allow students to attend school in foreign countries, to locally delivered leadership and enhancement courses that help young people realize their potential, we have been active in these areas for many years.
Below you will find further information on the activities of Calgary North Rotary, and links to the district site with greater detail. Browse and enjoy! If you have questions please send along a message through the contact tab.
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Long Term Youth Exchange
Typically our club interviews students in the first semester of school, to be our exchangee. Students from our club have spent a year attending high school in Japan, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Germany, and other countries. The exact list changes from year to year, but students learn other languages and make friends around the world. Our world is so much smaller when you have this kind of experience. In turn our club hosts students from other countries. Host families usually have a foreign student for three months, live in and go to school. Again, it opens connections for the family across the globe.
If you are interested in going on exchange, or in hosting incoming exchange students follow the link below:
Rotary District 5360 Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA (The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a three day program, held in Canmore Alberta.
We bring together the strongest student leaders from across southern Alberta for a weekend of inspiration, engagement and change. These students that are chosen because on their strong leadership skills in their schools, communities and among their peers.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Skills) is three days of inspiration, engagement and change. It’s learning about yourself and those around you.
At RYLA, we believe that to be a leader, you must first understand yourself and the core, RYLA is about self-discovery. It’s about understanding who you are as a person and what inspires you. It’s growing your leadership skills and preparing you to make a difference in the world.
RYLA is about learning how to effectively work with others and how to inspire, engage and make a difference in the lives of other people. It’s about bridging gaps.
RYLA brings together youth, aged 15-18 from across Southern Alberta. These are youth that are showing leadership skills in their schools, communities and amongst their peers. Our program helps them take those skills and apply them in the real word.
The weekend features seminars, activities and some of the most inspirational speakers from across Alberta.
RYLA and Rotary
RYLA is a program run by Rotary District 5360. The majority of the attendees are sponsored by one of the forty-seven clubs across southern Alberta.
Rotary is 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders from around the world who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Application online:
Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment
RYPEN provides youth 13-18 years of age with the opportunity to enhance and develop individual self confidence and personal growth/life skills. This particular conference is focused on youth who have had limited opportunities to attend leadership development programs. The leadership development philosophy of the RYPEN program is based upon the “wholistic – meaning whole person” approach (developed by Lyle Benson), with self esteem enhancement through the small group process as the foundation. Youth will be involved in a variety of active experiential sessions addressing areas such as cooperation, goal setting, group decision making, interpersonal skill development, problem solving attitudes, values clarification, conflict resolution, active listening and communication. This is all accomplished through a “learn by doing” approach, and a “fun with a purpose” attitude.
The students that have gotten the most out of this experience in the past have been students that have been willing to participate, step out of their comfort zone, and be open to expanding their leadership style. Youth with varying levels of leadership skills have attended and gotten a lot out of the program. Priority should be given to students that have never attended this type of camp, have limited resources, and/or would get the most out of an opportunity like this.
Southern Alberta Bible Camp is located near Little Bow Provincial Park, a short 1 hour drive from Vulcan. This modern facility sits on the edge of Travers Reservoir and includes the Lodge building, lodge cabins and gymnasium. The camp also offers a soccer field, climbing wall, laser tag facility, giant swing, campfire, and water activities including canoes and kayaks. Campers will stay in the cabins located just outside the Lodge building.