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ROTARY YOUTH SERVICES - Various Activities

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (R.I.B.I.) offer a range of youth activities / competitions and in District 1240 which covers Essex and part of Hertfordshire we offer many of those activities and competitions.  Details of all activities may be found on the R.I.B.I Website ( which allows some access for youth leaders, parents and schools but the following will detail those activities.

YOUTH SPEAKS – This competition offers a team of three young people aged between 11 to 17 years the opportunity to experience speaking on a public platform. Schools have been supporting this activity for many years. Intermediate Teams – 11-13, Senior 14-17 years old. 

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 a time limit, which is judged by an expert panel. 

YOUNG MUSICIAN – Music is an international language and we at Rotary encourage talented and young people by providing this opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills.  

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER – Photography is a talent and an ever popular art form.  Entrants submit three photographs 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 TECHNICIAN – 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.

YOUNG CITIZENS AWARD – These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25.  Winners receive a cash prize of £500 at the Rotary Annual Conference where the awards are presented live on the BBC News Channel.

R.Y.L.A. – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA) in d1240 allows young people aged 14-17 to develop their skills via day and residential weekend courses at various outdoor centres in Essex. More information on RYLA can be found here

YOUTH EXCHANGE – These exchanges, which are very safe, offers ages from 15 and 25 a chance to travel almost anywhere in the world and immerse themselves in a foreign culture and it won’t cost a fortune. Young people will return home full of confidence, with valuable experiences to add to a CV for both university or job applications.  There are Long and Short Term Exchanges and Camps and Tours.

Please search on the website for more details and applications forms or contact your local rotary club, details may also be found at

If all else fails please contact Peter Dowse, District 1240 Youth Services Chair

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