Welcome to NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network), the premier regional association representing 167 districts in Canada, Mexico, and the United States which are involved in Rotary Youth Exchange.

As a leading organization, we provide students with life-changing experiences through cultural immersion programs that foster personal growth, leadership development, and global understanding.

Our network of passionate volunteers and host families ensures that each student is welcomed into a new culture with open arms. We believe that by living and learning together, we can create lasting connections that transcend borders and build bridges between nations.

NAYEN offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about different cultures and customs while also improving language skills and gaining valuable insights into international affairs. Whether you are interested in studying abroad, hosting an exchange student, or simply supporting our mission, we invite you to join us in this exciting journey.


The mission of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) is to empower Rotary leaders, volunteers, and host communities with guidance and tools to create transformative exchange experiences that promote cultural understanding, foster global citizenship, and build a more peaceful world.


Our vision is to provide unwavering support to every Rotary District in North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), empowering them to offer world-class Rotary Youth Exchange programs that promote the ideals of peace and unity. 

2023 Conference_Paul St John_RotarianRotex Country Fair


  • 2000

    First conference for those in RYE (US/Canada)

  • 2000-2002

    District of the Year Award

    YEOtalk Initiated

  • 2002-2003

    Gift Exchange Initiated

    Increased RYE attendance @ Conferences

  • 2003-2005

    Development of YEO Resources Online Tools

    First Night Questions in Multi Languages

  • 2005-2007

    Applications updated into fillable PDF with EEMA

    Multi-lingual Brochures

  • 2007-2009

    Exec, Conference, By-Laws, Insurance, Committees Formed

    Mexico Joins - NAYEN & Committee Structure created

    Renamed - North American Youth Exchange Network - NAYEN

  • 2009-2011

    Move from RI Zones to regions based on MultiDistricts/Districts

  • 2011-2013

    Online Training & Conference Guidelines Developed

    RI Formalizes representation via RI RYE staff, RI RYE Committee, EEMA & ABIJ

  • 2013-2015

    Strategic Plan & NAYEN Specific Goals

    Mission Statement, 5 Strategic Priorities, 10 Goals

  • 2015-2017

    Bylaws Revision, Formal Financial Policy, Funding Model

    Development of online training modules

    Directors assigned to committees to develop leadership

  • 2017-2019

    Created and improved processes (Long-term application & Uniform Exchange agreement)

    NAYEN DEI committee

    Marketing Initiative with Recruiting website

    ROTEX North America

  • 2020-2022

    COVID - Survival - Holding Pattern