Youth Projects

The Altamonte Springs Rotary Club maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults. Through our New Generations Services, our club sponsors and supports local youth service clubs and offers career development and mentoring programs. Here’s just some of the programs we support:

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. While the Altamonte Springs Rotary Club sponsors, supports and guides our local Interact club, they are still self-governing and self-supporting. The Altamonte Springs chapter also sponsors the Lake Brantley High School InterAct club. Each year, the Interact club completes at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill


Rotary Youth Exchange is a student exchange program where students spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. The students learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and maybe even a new language. Our host families become an ambassador, teaching students about our country, culture, and ideas.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

Teaching Toolbox is our club’s Centennial Community Project.  Certain requirements were made by Rotary International to officially become a Centennial Project such as fulfilling a clearly identifiable community need and providing a solution that has measurable results.

Each year there are more and more students in our classrooms.  There is less money per student available for new schools, teachers and supplies, however, the laundry list of required/requested supplies grow each year. At the start of each year, a list of these required supplies is given to each child but some cannot afford even the simplest of items.  Researches show that the average teacher spends $500 to $1000 of their own money each year to compensate for missing items.  The Teaching Toolbox has been one small contribution to our community to help solve one of our current school system’s dilemmas.

The school we chose to reach out to is right in our back yard at Lake Orienta Elementary.  Built from the ground up by our club, The Toolbox is a self-contained, climate controlled storage that remains stocked with supplies necessary for the teachers to function daily without the worries of shortages.