National and International youth competitions and activities are run by clubs at local level, all designed to develop confidence and experience for children in our local communities.
District 1200 run a
number of activities aimed at recognising, developing, and celebrating the
achievements of young people of all ages. Enabling our local youth to enjoy
challenges, develop strong bonds of friendship, exceed their expectations, and realise
We recognise the positive changes that are
- personal development activities such as
- competitions such as Young Chef and Youth Speaks
- Young Rotary with RotaKids, Interact,
- creating international understanding
with Youth Exchange
The Rotary youth
Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the most successful Rotary programs run by
Rotary clubs around the world. The course is run over seven days and includes
workshops on personal development, communication skills, public speaking,
emotional intelligence, and team dynamics. The participants also sample the
delights of climbing, abseiling, an overnight camp, and a community exercise!
The Breakthrough Project
uses personal development and positive experiences to help secondary school
students in danger of permanent exclusion to stay in education, overcome
barriers to learning created by negative attitudes, and to reach their
potential. Activities include work experience placements with employers,
expedition to Dartmoor led by Jack Russell (based on Jack's "Bee
Positive" programme), and follow up activities in schools and with
The RIBI Youth
Speaks competition is an exciting opportunity for young people to
develop public speaking skills. It helps develop confidence, resilience, and
determination in public speaking and debate. There are two age groups: Intermediate and Senior. The competition is
open to teams of three; consisting of a Chairperson, a Speaker, and a Proposer
of the Vote of Thanks. The team are free to choose their topic within the RIBI
Great Britain and Ireland is home to some of the most talented young
instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. RIBI celebrates this talent with a
sequence of competitions that offer thousands of young people the chance to
showcase their musical skills - classical and modern. The competition is open
to 11 - 17 year olds.
Creative writing is a talent that, sadly, not all of us are blessed with.
The RIBI Young Writer competition
is designed to give young people who have, or have the ability to develop, this
talent a chance to demonstrate their literary skills.
The digital camera has revolutionized the
photographic world with instant results that can be edited, cropped and have
special effects applied with ease and skill. The RIBI Young Photographer
competition gives young photographers the opportunity to demonstrate their
photographic skills and creativity. Each
entrant is required to submit a portfolio of 3 photographs together with a 50
word interpretation of the photographs to a chosen theme.
Rotary believes it is highly important to
encourage and develop creativity in young people, and this includes creativity
in the kitchen. Cooking amongst our young people is a growing interest and a
valuable life skill. The RIBI Young
Chef Competition produces some superb quality cooking by
encouraging the budding Young Chefs to cook healthy meals, develop food
presentation skills, and consider food hygiene. The competition is open to 11 - 17 year olds. The task this
year is to produce a healthy three course meal in 2 hours for less than £15.
Rotarians can play a
key role in the encouragement and development of the next generation of
scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematician. Teams of four students
with an interest in engineering and science compete in a full day event to
devise and build a solution to a previously unseen task. Working against the
clock the team need to have good communication skills, be well organised, and
able to show the development of the solution in a design portfolio.
RotaKids Clubs are for youngsters between 7 and 12
years old and are usually school based.
RotaKids run their own projects to -
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people aged
between 12 and 18.
The purpose / mission is to provide
opportunity for young people to work together in a world organisation dedicated
to service and international understanding.Interact clubs are
self-governing and self-supporting. There are 10,700 Interact Clubs worldwide
in 109 countries.
Rotaract is a unique
international service organisation for people aged 18 to 30, offering a wide
range of activities that will enable young men and women to try something new, whilst having a great
time and meeting others.
Rotaract has over 190,000 members
of many different cultures, races, and creeds in 170 countries. There are 2,000
members of over 100 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. Each club is autominous
and organises its own activities, whether it is a social activity, fundraising
event, or helping in the local community.
Rotary has been
organising youth exchanges for over 60 years, providing incredible
opportunities for young people to see the world, experience a different way of
life, maybe learn another language, make international friends, and discover a
lot about themselves whilst acting as an ambassador for their own country. Each
year, worldwide, over 7,000 young people, aged between15 and 25, enjoy the
experience of a lifetime through Rotary Youth Exchange.
There are four exchange
Short Term Exchange
Spend 2 weeks or more staying with an exchange partner in their family
home. Your exchange partner then stays in your home for a similar period
Long Term Exchange
This lasts for an academic year. You will attend school or college while
living with a host family.
Camps and Tours
Camp in the wilderness or tour a cultural city with people of your own
age from across the world.
New Generation Exchange
Varying in length from 3 weeks to 3 months this programme gives school
leavers and graduates the opportunity of unpaid vocational placements that
match their career plans and aspirations.