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

To Apply for a Community Grant: You must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or associated with a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your intended project...



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...

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. 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.

Oakland Community Rotaract was founded in late 2019 by a group of young adults who are passionate about serving the community. They regularly perform service proects and also provide opportunities for members to build friendships and professional contacts. Rotary Club of Oakland is Oakland...

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