YOUTH PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

Rotary recognises the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs and those that enhance international awareness and understanding and our District is proud to run a range of these programs designed for young people aged 14-29.  Rotary in Australia also supports various external programs that encourage study of  STEM programs and enhance road safety awareness.  Read below for a summary of the programs we run and support and click on the links for more details or to apply.

Leadership & Development

RYPEN
May | Year 8, 9 & 10 or Ages 14-16
RYTS
December | Year 11-12 or Ages 17-18
RYLA

January | Ages 19-29

International Exchange & Awareness

Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP)
Open | Ages 15-18

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
April | Year 11-12

LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

APPLICATIONS CLOSED
RYPEN (Year 8-10)
 
Next Camp: 3-5 May 2024
Cost: $350
 
RYPEN is a residential camp that takes place over 2.5 days and is designed for school students aged between 14-16 (Year 8-10) that focuses on the development of self-concept, relationships, and is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.
 
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN
RYTS (Year 11-12)
 
Next Camp: 15-20 Dec 2024
Cost: TBC
 
RYTS is a leadership & development program with a focus on assisting the transition from study into the next phase of life. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp for students who are in the senior years of school (Year 11-12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system.
 
 
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN
RYLA (Ages 19-29)
 
Next Camp: 20-25 Jan 2025
Cost: TBC
 
RYLA is a personal, professional development seminar program for young people aged between 19-29. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp. It focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as building self-awareness of mental health and well-being, knowledge of a sense of community and a sense of belonging.
 
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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE & AWARENESS

APPLICATIONS CLOSED
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
(YEP)
 
Next Program: 2025 Short Term
Cost: Varies
 
YEP provides opportunity for long and short-term international exchange with another country for students 15 to 18 years old to immerse themselves in another culture, learn a new language, and develop their skills as leaders and global citizens.  Students are hosted by a local Rotary club, attend school in their host country for up to a full academic year, and stay with two or more host families for that period.
 
APPLICATIONS CLOSED
Model United Nations Assembly
(MUNA)
 
Next Program: May 2025 (TBC)
Cost: $400 (approx)
 
For teams of Year 11-12 students, MUNA is a one day event that encourages them to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self-confidence in public speaking.
 
 

PARTNER YOUTH PROGRAMS

Rotary is a partner / supporter of a number of programs that encourage students of various ages to explore their interest in studying Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects beyond secondary school.  Please click on the links below to head to the external website of each program for more information on program dates, locations and cost. 
 
 
Rotary also partners with Road Safety Education to deliver the RYDA program that features a highly engaging and memorable one-day workshop which front-loads students’ understanding of road safety and gives them the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads as both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.
 
Your local Rotary or Rotaract Club (a list of clubs and contacts can be found here) may be able to assist with sponsorship and support for attendance at these programs