Youth and Local Service

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For the last 100-plus years, Rotarians have committed to making Oakland a better place.  We are proud of this legacy and continue to put “service above self”  through the following ten committees.

We sponsor high school juniors from Oakland schools to work in leadership teams, to expand your networks and explore education and career options after high school.  Each Spring since 1982 the Enterprise Institute has taken place in a dormitory style camp in Aptos, just south of Santa Cruz. ...

We provide mentoring to a select group of students, starting in their middle school years and continuing through high school graduation. If a HOPE mentee meets specified grade and attendance requirements and satisfies other criteria through the end of high school, he or she receives up to $10,...

We develop and support InterAct Clubs, which are service clubs for students in Oakland high schools. Through Interact, students develop leadership skills and a love of community service.

We provide materials, supplies, field trips, classroom volunteers, enriching experiences, and other program support to the Transitional Kindergarten program of the Oakland Unified School District.

We identify and select high school students to attend  the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) camp each summer.

We award college scholarships to deserving Oakland high school seniors who will be attending a four- year college or university.  The application and selection process takes place in the Spring. During the rest of the year, committee members serve as advisors to scholarship recipients.


We organize a local speech contest for local high school students, the winners of which move on to participate in the District Speech  Competition.

Vision Statement
"Oakland Community Rotaract is a humanitarian organization of Bay Area-based artist-entrepreneurs aspiring to empower our low-income neighborhoods to become self-sufficient. We seek to bridge the financial education gap between our struggling community and an evolving...

Develop a plan for a project to help Oakland's unsheltered residents.

We support organizations that provide direct services to improve the quality of life of those who live in the Oakland community.

Funding for grants in our 2023-2024 year have been spent.  We encourage you to reapply in July 2024 for our 2024-2025 grant period.