Youth Services

The work of Youth Service is particularly geared to youth and assisting with youth development, studies and wellbeing. This committee organises the local heats of the many Rotary schools competitions that our club sponsor.


Rotary in the UK organises many events and competitions for young people. The Rotary Club of the Sussex vale organises local heats of these competitions, predominantly with local schools, especially Downlands School in Hassocks. Competitions currently being arranged are: - Technology Tournament, Young Chef and Youth Speaks

Further Events are: -

Young Photographer: Photography is a talent and an ever popular art form. Entrants submit three photgraphs on a theme in black and white or colour, along with a description of the inspiration for their photographs.

Young Writer: A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. The winning writers are subsequently published in Rotary Magazines.

Young Chef: Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel.

Young Musician: Music is an international language and we encourage talented young people by providing this opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills.

Young Citizens Awards: These showcase the citizenship and responsibilites demonstrated by people under the age of 25. Winners receive a cash prize of £500 at our annual conference where the awards are presented.

Technology Tournament: Teams of students interested in engineering and science compete in a one-day event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task. Solutions are tested and judged against competing teams.

RYLA: A leadership development programme which focuses on secondary school students, university students, or young prefessionals. RYLA events are typically 3 - 10 days long and cover a variety of topics.

Rotary Youth Exchange: One of the best youth exchange programmes in the world, where participants can broaden their minds and their horizons with or without vocational experience or academic study. Exchanges can vary from a two-week camp or tour, to a short term home stay, to a full year living and studying in another country.

New Generations Service Exchange: A volunteering programme which provides opportunities for young people between 18 and 30 to undertake placements across the world, or in their own country, lasting nanything from three weeks to six months.

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