Youth Involvement
One of the Rotary Club of Jackson's main focus is helping the Youth in our community.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)

RYLA is a Youth Leadership Training Awakening for next year’s High School Seniors and tomorrow’s leaders.

Young men and women spend a week in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.

They also participate in a character-building program provided by the Grizzly Creek Ranch Ropes Course, which focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. Utilizing adventure, personal commitments and shared insights, they gain an increased sense of confidence in themselves and in their team.

Students selected to participate have the opportunity to exchange ideas about current issues and discuss leadership and personal development with knowledgeable local and regional leaders including many District Rotarians.

Attendance at RYLA is by scholarship only. The Rotary Club of Jackson selects and funds the participation of a number of local students each year.

Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program (REGL)

The Rotary Eighththe Grade Leadership Program (REGL) is a special youth leadership program to selected 8th grade students. The Rotary Club of Jackson sponsors a group of five students from Jackson Junior High School
The purpose of REGL is to provide high quality leadership training with a strong emphasis on ethics to selected 8th grade students who have demonstrated leadership skills. Our aim is to provide these selected students with tools for the difficult choices that they face as they move into high school.



The "Big Game"

Each year the Mustangs of Argonaut High School play the Thundering Herd from Amador High School in a long-standing rivalry between the two schools.  The “Big Game” has been played since 1923.  In 1971, The Rotary Club of Jackson created the Big Game Bell Trophy which the winner gets to keep until the next playing of the Big Game. In 2017 the Club created a game logo which is used on ball caps, banners and newspaper articles. Each player and coach received a souvenir ball cap for participating in the game.  The Club hosts team leaders and coaches at a breakfast the week of the game.

Scholarships Awarded Annually

Each year the Rotary Club awards four scholarships.  Three are traditional academic scholarships, one scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from each of the three high schools.  In addition, a fourth scholarship is awarded for a student who will study music. 

Interact Club Sponsored

Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
The Rotary Club of Jackson proudly sponsors the Interact Club of Argonaut High School.
Club members work with Jackson Rotarians on a variety of projects including the Third Grade Dictionary Project discussed in the next section,

Each year, Interact clubs are expected to complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of: 
  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity 
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others 
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work 
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill 

Third Grade Dictionary Program

While we may be in a highly technological age, sometimes one needs some tools that are not based in technology.  One such item is a dictionary.  Each year the Club donates and distributes to every Third Grader at Jackson Elementary School and Sutter Creek Elementary.  Interact Club members help label the dictionaries.  Many of them report that they received the dictionary when they were in the Third Grade and still own and use them. 

4H Livestock Auction

At the Amador County Fair members of the local 4H Clubs have a livestock auction.  Annually the Club purchases an animal to assist students with their endeavors.  The purchase is used at some Club social events and teh balance is donated to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Captain Encouragement

Captain Encouragement is a superhero with a Youth Program traveling to schools across the country to teach children about non-violence and anti-bullying! He was the guest speaker at a Club meeting.  Club members were impressed with his program and decided to sponsor him at a program at Jackson Elementary School.