Greetings to Students 

Are you interested in knowing more about Youth Exchange? Watch the video and see the links on this page (What is Rotary Youth Exchange?). Review the information and contact your local Rotary Club (or someone on the District Youth Exchange Committee). We look forward to hearing from you!!

Greetings to Rotary Clubs in District 5550

Update: With the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and COVID-19 virus variants, inconsistent disease mitigation efforts and the global imbalance of vaccine access, the Rotary International Board decided to suspend the Youth Exchange program worldwide through June 30, 2022.  

While this is sad news, we are hopeful that the program can begin again in 2022-2023. Planning will begin soon with information on this website and shared with clubs.

In the meantime, please notify us of prospective students for 2022-2023, and arrange a club interview; assuming that you wish to sponsor the student. The YE Committee will arrange a district interview and begin to enter data on the Youth Exchange Administration Hub (YEAH) site. It is possible that students may apply online first, and if so, we will refer them back to the appropriate club to set up the contact/interview process.

We understand that finding enough host families is often a concern for clubs in deciding if they will participate in the Youth Exchange Program. The family of a prospective outbound student can be asked to host or to recruit one of the host families. Training and support will be available for all Host Families. 

We hope that clubs in the District participate in YE in 2022-2023. Our committee is happy to arrange a presentation for one of your upcoming Club meetings. As well, watch for special online presentations during Youth Month in May and a youth panel at this year's District Conference. 

For any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us anytime.

Mike Mahon - YE Co-Chair Inbound Students

Leanne Kessler - YE Co-Chair Outbound Students -