The role of the District Youth Service Committee is to recommend, co-ordinate and support clubs in District 9800 to deliver effective Youth Service programs. These programs are either District Managed, District Endorsed or District Supported programs. Essentially, the objective is to provide innovative and practical opportunities, to assist and motivate young people in our communities to acquire learning and life skills.
Chair: Maria Silber (Footscray)
Deputy Chair: Anne Brown (Yarra Bend)
Protection Officer: Anthony Langley (Brighton) for all youth programs including Youth Exchange.
Please refer to details re ‘Working with Children’ card and Protection matters in District 9800 Governance section of the website.
Secondary school exchanges between students sponsored by Rotary clubs in District 9800 and overseas Rotary clubs. The students undergo a selection process to ensure that they are competent and able to maximise the benefit from the Youth Exchange experience. The objective is to provide a unique and effective Rotary supported educational and cultural opportunity whilst promoting goodwill, peace and understanding.
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9800 is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 AND are year 9, 10 and 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.
Fri 27th May 2016 to Sunday 29th May 2016
This international youth program simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.
Youth Exchange students can also participate. The assembly is about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding through a personal involvement in the acceptance of situations that reflect the opinion of ‘adopted’ countries. Students are challenged by the opportunities of extended research, debating and public speaking skills by addressing a wide range of contemporary and world-focussed issues. The program extends over a weekend and it is chaired and judged by Rotarians.
Earlyact is a service Club for primary school students and is sponsored by a local Rotary Club. The mission and operation of Earlyact is closely linked to the ideals of Rotary. Earlyact Clubs strive to promote goodwill, understanding and peace through the active participation of their student members, so that with committed citizenship and effective leadership theymay improve the quality of life of their school, local and global communities. Involvement in an Earlyact Club teaches values such as caring, respect, empathy, responsibility, tolerance, citizenship, compassion, friendship and leadership.
The Rotary Youth Public Speaking Program (RYPS) is a District 9800 endorsed Youth program. This program is designed for secondary school aged students throughout District 9800.
District 9800 clubs are encouraged to initiate their own school public speaking programs. They may use templates created for either: WYNSPEAK ‘Wyndham Youth Public Speaking Competition’ (a long standing and highly successful public speaking competition held in the western suburbs of Melbourne, and jointly run by the Rotary and Apex Clubs of Hoppers Crossing), or, the long standing Ainger Award, jointly run by the Rotary Clubs of Richmond and Melbourne Park. If you prefer to follow the Ainger Award Model, the Rotary Clubs of Richmond and Melbourne Park can assist you.
A District 9800 Rotary Youth Public Speaking Program Committee has been established and its members are available to assist clubs in establishing programs.
An Alumni group of District 9800 youth programs is being developed to maintain contact with all participants, to inform them of general Rotary news and other Rotary opportunities available to them, so keeping them connected to Rotary. As each Rotary youth program concludes, participants are invited to join the alumni by a program leader who facilitates their membership.