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Fostering The Leaders of Tomorrow

The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore’s New Generations / Youth Committee promotes and supports youth programs that help young leaders build leadership skills, expand their education / chosen trade, and the learn the value of service.


Youth Exchange

Rotary Burlington Lakeshore supports Youth Exchange Students and Exchange Hosts

Youth Exchange – It’s not a year in your life, it’s a life in a year!

Rotary Youth Exchange is the largest Exchange program in the World with over 8,000 students on exchange annually and 80 countries participating. Exchanges are done on a district to district basis; in other words, a close relationship is established with the exchange partners.  Rotary is proud of this program that has been in existence since 1927.

Each year, Burlington candidate recruitment takes place in the fall.  We are looking for Students with a strong work ethic, outgoing personality, good communication skills, involved in their community or school, willing to try new things, and be a good ambassador for Canada, Burlington, Rotary, and themselves.

Presentations are made at each of the local high schools by teams from all four Rotary Clubs in Burlington.  An information night is provided in early November to allow parents/guardians and applicants the opportunity to learn about the Youth Exchange Program and Hosting from Rotarians, past exchange students, and foreign exchange students in Burlington.

Want to learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange? Visit our district’s youth exchange website:

Suitable candidates and their parents/guardians are interviewed by a panel in early November. Selected candidates, upon notification and acceptance, are embraced into the exchange program and provided with training starting in January until their departure in the summer for the year of Exchange.  

Hosting is the next best thing to being an Exchange Student!
During the Exchange, the incoming student stays with between 2 and 5 Rotary screened Host Families.  The student is treated like a member of the family and is provided with room and board.  Hosting provides an opportunity to learn about the culture of the student and teach about our culture through daily activities such as cooking and taking care of errands.

Have a look at the Rotary Youth Exchange videos below to learn more.



Rotaract is a Rotary Club for those 18-30+ years old. It generally has a more casual vibe than a traditional Rotary Club. However the passion for ‘Service Above Self’ is just the same, as members enjoy working together to better their local and international community. There is also a focus on personal and professional development through speakers, workshops, mentoring, volunteering, fundraising, networking etc. Many Rotaractors are former members of Interact Clubs in local high schools.
You will find Rotaract Clubs at many colleges and universities but there are also community-based clubs such as the recently renamed and relaunched Rotaract Club of Halton. This club is growing rapidly as more young people from across Halton Region become aware of it.

To learn more, visit


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults, to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.

To learn more, visit

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Camp Enterprise provides senior high school students with an introduction to professional, business owner and management careers, through 3 ½ days of exposure to the private enterprise system, the art of negotiation skills, insights into business concepts and the opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with business leaders.

Camp Enterprise is cancelled for 2021. Applications for 2022 will be available in Burlington and Oakville high schools in early 2022.

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Rotary Burlington Lakeshore sponsors participation in this unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of our democratic institutions, the diversity of our country, and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. This is a 4-day program held annually in Ottawa in May. 

Rotary Burlington Lakeshore is responsible for the transportation costs to and from Ottawa for attendance in the program. The Rotary Club of Ottawa provides accommodations, meals, and transportation during the program in the national capital area.
Adventure in Citizenship 2021 will be held virtually in April 2021. Applications for 2022 will be available in January 2022 so please check back for your chance to take part.


Scholarships & Awards

Rotary Burlington Lakeshore was established in 1972 and Rotary Burlington Lakeshore Charitable Foundation was  established in 1991 to with a goal of providing in excess of  $50,000 in student awards, annually.

Helping Burlington Area Students to Pursue Post-Secondary Education and Training

To learn more, visit our
Scholarships and Awards page

We offer the following Awards and Scholarships:

Ron McDermott Vocational Studies Award $2500

Leon & Betty Laron Fine Arts Award $2500

Kan Nakazawa International Studies Award $2500

Bev Bowra Educational Studies Award $2500

Leap Forward Awards $2500 x 2 awards

Athletic Award $2500

Academic Awards $2500 x 4 awards

Rotary Graduate Scholarship $15000

Want to learn more about opportunities for youth?

Contact our new generations youth committee.