Youth Services

The Rotary Club of Apple alley promotes the use of promote the use of The 4-Way Test. Among the ways our Rotarians work to improve the lives of our youth we support the following programs:

  • 4 - Way Test Speech Contest - Our Rotary District annually conducts a Four-Way Test Speech Contest to benefit high school age youth. The specific goals of the contest are:
    • To acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary and the Four-Way Test.
    • To demonstrate and enhance Rotary's commitment to youth.
    • To heighten awareness of Rotary among youth, parents, schools, and community.
    • To recognize, encourage, and reward hard work and accomplishment among youth.

Group Cultural Exchange (GCE) The Rotary Foundation's Group Cultural Exchange (GCE) program is a unique cultural exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For three to four weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. The Rotary Club of Apple Valley has sponsored one GCE Team Leader and GCE Team Members

Interact - Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 12-18. Interact Clubs can be either school or community based and they are required to carry out at least two service projects annually - one that serves their school or community, and another that furthers international understanding. Our Rotary club sponsors Interact Clubs at Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley High School and two clubs at the Lewis Center Academy for Academic Excellence (one club at the High School. One club at the Junior High School). 

PAL (Police Activities League) - The Rotary Club of Apple Valley has been sponsoring the S.H.O.C.K program since 2009 The S.H.O.C.K. program is a ten week juvenile intervention program for youth between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. S.H.O.C.K. was designed to combat the negative influences facing today’s youth in society. These influences include, drugs, gangs, teenage pregnancy, communication issues with peers and parents, and self-respect. S.H.O.C.K. = Self-Discipline, Honor, Obedience, Character, Knowledge.

Hensel Ethics Essay Contest - The George R. Hensel Ethics Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to analyze ethical issues and concerns confronting them in today's complex world. Open to all high school students in the district, the contest provides an opportunity for students to win scholarships, and express their views on ethics

4 Way Test Speech Contest – Talented high school students participate each year in a Rotary District 5300 program entitled 4 Way Test Speech Contest.  Winners at the local level qualify to compete at the finals during the finals during District Conference. Winner will receive an educational scholarship.

Dan Stover Music Contest - Musically talented high school students participate each year in a Rotary District 5300 program entitled the Dan Stover Memorial Music Contest.  Winners qualify for an educational Scholarship that enable them to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or music conservatory upon high school graduation.

Teen Leadership Camp (TLC) - The basis of Teen Leadership Camp is to help students develop their personal skills so they will be able to develop their leadership skills and fulfill their potential as leaders of their peers. TLC is a spin-off program from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program (RYLA), but TLC is exclusively designed for 8th grade students.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - Each year Rotary clubs around the world provide a program to recognize and develop leadership potential among young people within their community. High school juniors spend a weekend at camp to become eligible for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Scholarships – The Rotary Club of Apple Valley offers the opportunity for students to apply for a $1000 Scholarship to be funded to a college of their choice. Depending on funds available.  Ten $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

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