Youth Programs

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders and has a history of providing the support to achieve this outcome. Our club supports this goal and provides a range of opportunities for young people to get involved in the work of Rotary in the community as well as to gain new skills and knowledge. The programs that our club supports are suitable for youth and young people in a range of age groups.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN is a 3-day camp and program for 14-16 year old children. The aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards, and to broaden their horizons socially, culturally and academically.

The cost is usually around $300, and financial sponsorship may be available.

The RYPEN District Committee is on District 9705’s website.

Leadership Training - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA is an amazing leadership program for young adults aged between 19 and 28. The 6-day program focuses on leadership, personal development, teamwork and community awareness. RYLA features presentations from many experts who generously donate their time and experience to further the development of young leaders via a range of inspiring and challenging activities. The program combines workshops and presentations to fully explore the fundamentals of effective leadership.

The program costs ~$650 per participant and part financial sponsorship may be available.

National Youth

Science Forum (NYSF)

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science.

It offers Year 11 students a unique opportunity to test-drive careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or related disciplines. Applicants should be about to enter the final year of secondary education, have demonstrated an outstanding interest in science and technology, and be considering some field of science as their future career.

Held annually in Canberra and Brisbane, NYSF is an intensive program of information and discussions in which participants will experience everything the NYSF is famous for, including keynote speakers, lectures, hands-on workshops, debates, expos and enriching social activities.

The program costs ~$3,000 per participant and part financial sponsorship may be available.

More information can be obtained from the NYSF website.

Overseas Travel Experiences

The Rotary Youth Exchange Australia Program provides secondary school students aged 15 to 17, sponsored by a Rotary Club, with the opportunity to live and study abroad with host families for one academic year, to learn a new language, a new way of living and a great deal about themselves.

Exchange students form part of the ambassadorial team of Rotary International promoting international goodwill, peace and understanding.

The students also have opportunities for personal development and making international friends and contacts that can have positive benefits for their future lives.

Alice Begbie was our Exchange student for 2023, who spent 2023 in Japan, and returned full of enthusiasm and enriched

from her experience.

Further detail on the

Program is available on

District 9705 website .

Community Service - Interact

Rotary can help support the formation of a Club within your high school, called Interact. Students become involved in fundraising and support programs within the school.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.

Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.


Rotaract is a Rotary-partnered global organisation that provides opportunities for young adults (aged 18 and up) to enhance their knowledge and skills through personal development, whilst promoting better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

We empower students and young professionals to create positive change in their local communities and around the world. Rotaract provides unique opportunities that assist its members in becoming the business and professional leaders of tomorrow.

Driver Safety Program

The successful road safety program for Year 11 students in local High Schools in NSW is called U-Turn The Wheel (UTTW).

The program is coordinated by local Rotary Clubs in NSW and supported by the Road Safety Officers (RSO’s) in local Councils. Expert presenters talk to students about issues facing young drivers and discuss strategies to deal with them.

Our Pilot Project has more information on UTTW.

If you are interested in finding out about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact our Secretary at