In 1949, the Rotary International Board adopted the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary Clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.
Our Club has actively supported local and Rotary youth programmes for many years.
Every Rotarian an Example to Youth
In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models and mentors for the young people of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations.
It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the youth – all young people up to the age of 30 – by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognising the diversity of their needs. All Clubs are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of youth: health, human values, education and self-development.
Youth programmes supported by our Club include:
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
is a week-long residential personal development program for young people aged 19 to 25, which focuses on the participant, leadership and community. Participants have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their own strengths, the unique qualities and abilities of others, learn about teamwork, communication and motivation, and develop leadership skills. Participants also gain a greater awareness of a variety of issues and develop a network of people and resources.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
Teams of 2 or 3 Year 11 or 10 students are allocated a country to represent. They prepare and present replies to topical resolutions from that country’s point of view.The resolutions cover current issues of international concern on topics such as human rights, environmental matters and world peace.
Road Safety Education (formerly RYDA – Rotary Youth Driving Awareness)
Year 11 or 10 students and their teachers spend a day taking part in 6 interactive workshop sessions. Sessions cover hazards and distractions, stopping distances, rights and responsibilities. The students also watch a powerful video on the effect of a fatal accident and listen to an accident survivor’s story.
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment)
is a residential personal development program for young people aged 14 to 17 years held over a weekend. A mix of presentations, discussions and activities aim to develop skills in the participants to deal positively with a variety of issues which affect their lives, enhance their self esteem, encourage goal setting and consider how they can contribute to their community.