Youth Service

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood funds several student bursaries at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and at Durham College.

We also offer assistance to the Commencement Program by way of an award, at McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

We have participated for many years in the Rotary International Student Exchange Programs

We have sponsored and work together with several youth service clubs with the ideals of Rotary firmly entrenched - namely the Rotaract Club of UOIT / Durham College, and the Interact Clubs at McLaughlin Collegiate and at O'Neill Collegiate here in Oshawa. 

We also sponsor students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Be sure to look at the left hand column of this page to learn about this great program.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (“RYLA”) is a program for young people that was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971. Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among the young people of their communities.
Rotary International District 7070, which comprises Rotary clubs from Belleville to Toronto and north to Alliston, has conducted RYLA programs continuously for many years. RYLA is a life-changing experience for young people aged 19 - 22. Each Rotary Club may sponsor qualified individuals to attend a one-week leadership training program, all expenses paid.
The District 7070 RYLA program,“Leadership Begins With Me”, provides an opportunity for the participants to get to know themselves better and to cultivate the respect and trust of others. They are able to identify their own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effective use of their resources. Their enthusiasm and technique is brought back to the community from which the participants were sponsored, and thus impacts on the young people being influenced by these youthful leaders.
RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year. It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community. RYLA also has been instrumental in the formation of Rotaract clubs and complements all other Rotary youth activities.

  • To encourage and assist selected youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with an unforgettable, indelible training experience; 
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth; 
  • To publicly recognize the high qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders
The Program
  • Discussions on many aspects of youth; 
  • Simulated games designed as a stimulating series of “learning by doing” experiences; 
  • Small group discussions on the thinking and ideas which arise as a result of the lectures and simulations; 
  • An opportunity to discuss individual and group issues and concerns; 
  • Structured recreational activities;
  • Leisure activities and fellowship; and, 
  • Responsibility for the organization and operation of several committees - recreation, entertainment, daily newspaper, etc. 
Selection Criteria
The RYLA program requires selflessness, self-awareness and previously exhibited leadership qualities. In order to benefit from the lectures, activities and tasks, participants need the ability to communicate effectively and to work well with other young men and women.
Candidates who are 19 to 22 years of age and who meet the remaining criteria have a much better opportunity for a successful week. Candidates who have completed at least 4 years of secondary schooling will be better prepared to understand and apply the lessons which occur daily. The principles of adult education are assumed and applied. Therefore a degree of academic maturity is required.

Rotary Job Shadowing

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood believes that kids are our future!

Our program started in 1991, with high school students from O'Neill C.V.I. and McLaughlin C.V.I. They participated in a Job Shadow day which allows them to observe the activities of a career they consider pursuing. Students and Faculty then joined the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood members for dinner at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club to discuss their Job Shadow experience.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.