Youth Service

Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

Irvine Rotary Youth Service Projects

Irvine Valley College Mock Interviews

Irvine Rotarians hold mock job interviews to prepare students for entering the job market.


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Project Leader: Linda Fontanilla / Sheila Steinberg

Laguna Playhouse

Educating youth about the benefits of theatre.

The Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre builds a sense of community, stirs the imagination, provokes thought, opens windows of understanding onto a larger world and helps individuals discover more about themselves.

The Youth Theatre Season offers plays primarily aimed at children of elementary and middle school age. These may be existing plays or musicals based upon well-known, popular books or stories, but we also sometimes commission new stage adaptations.

The Youth Theatre Season is unique in the region. The productions are directed and designed by theatre professionals and fully-mounted with the Playhouse’s technical resources. We have an open casting policy and casting is almost always “age-appropriate.” Young people play young roles. Local amateur actors generally play the adult roles but fully professional Equity guest artists may also be cast. The technical staff for each production is drawn principally from our Youth Conservatory Program.

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Project Leader: Leslie Anne Mogul


Building Youth Leadership


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

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Project Leader: Anabella Bonfa / Danielle Fowler / Cisca Stellhorn

Special Olympics

Irvine Rotary has long been a supporter of the Special Olympics and the Irvine Eagles team.


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