Working with Young People

Youth Service recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs

Interact

Interact clubs, sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, are clubs for 12-18 year olds. Every year, Interactors complete at least two projects in their communities, one of which is overseas, helping them build friendships and a better understanding with young people in other countries.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be drawn from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community and can be either single gender or mixed.

Take a look at the fantastic work of the Woodmill Interact Club which was highlighted in a BBC report.

Through their efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helfullness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility
  • Advancing international understanding and good will

As one of the most significant and fast-growing programmes of Rotary service, with more than 14,000 clubs in 139 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 330,000 young people are now involved in Interact. 

Knights Templar School Interact Club 2017/18

Baldock Rotary sponsors the Interact Club which has been running since 2011. It currently has around 16 members and meetings are short and succinct. Interact caters for the 12- 18 age range but at KTS the members are all years 12 and 13

The Club has its:

  • President - Chiara Volpe
  • Secretary - Gabriel Neale
  • Treasurer - Ryan Murphy
  • Vice President - Ellie Redfearn
Some members link their Interact membership with their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – most at Gold Level as Interact can provide a means for some of their community service for D of E. Activities include Seniors Citizens Party, Film Nights for fundraising and Assistance to Weston Way Nursery. Current plans are for an international project “Lend with Care” which will be a rolling project on a year to year basis for Interact and the school.

Interact and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

In 2015, Rotary became an Approved Activity Provider (AAP). This status applies to the volunteer placement element of the badges.

This means that Rotary, through Interact clubs, provides volunteer placements for people doing their award badges. Interactors can now work towards their badges and their Interact challenges by doing just one activity which counts for both. Non-Interactors are welcomed along to join in and earn their badges through Interact volunteer activities.

There are three badge awards to be aware of Bronze for people aged 14 and over, Silver for people aged 15 and over and Gold for people aged 16 and over.

The volunteering activity must take up only one hour per week. The overall duration will vary depending on the badge being worked towards:

Bronze – One hour a week for three months.

Silver – One hour a week for six months.

Gold – One hour a week for twelve months.

Note: Occasionally some placements may last longer if the participant is required to do additional hours to achieve their award. Although you should be alerted to this by the participant, it is advisable to ask how long the placement needs to be. More information regarding timescales is available on this Duke of Edinburgh’s Award webpage

Competitions

We believe it is important to encourage and develop creativity in young people and that includes creativity in the kitchen. Cooking amongst young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill. Schools seem to agree and the Rotary Young Chef competition goes from strength to strength each year producing some superb quality cooking from young people aged 11 to 17. 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. 

  • Cook a healthy meal
  • Develop food presentation skills
  • Consider food hygene issues
  • Develop organisational and planning skills
  • Develop ability to cope in a demanding situation

The competition is open to all students in full time education between the ages of 11 – 17.


This year we have had an entrant, Ethan Robins of Knights Templar School, who cooked along with 14 other contestants in the District 1260 Young Chef Competition for which the standard of cuisine of all contestants was very high. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Creative writing is a talent to be celebrated and to be able to write is a special gift. In Great Britain and Ireland there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop this talent and we wish to promote writing through the Rotary Young Writer competition. Starting with club level competitions, winners progress to district events and ultimately, a national final with the winning work subsequently published in Rotary magazines and on this website. The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding.

There are two competitions this year, the current theme being “A Different Perspective” and a one-off special Young Writer competition for poems or tributes to present in a Rotary book to Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle on the occasion of their wedding in May.

This three stage national competition aims to encourage development of writing skills. If offers young people the chance to;

  • Practice their writing skills
  • Write with imagination and creativity

The competition is open to students in full time education in three age groups;

Junior                     7 – 10 years     (by the 31 August each year)

Intermediate         11 – 13 years     (by the 31 August each year)

Senior                  14 – 17 years      (by the 31 August each year)

An amanuensis can be used for entrants with motor control difficulties to record their work to paper.

Through this competition, we encourage the development of creativity and presentation skills essential to the art of public speaking, and this is shown through the enthusiasm of the students from the many schools which take part. The RIBI Youth Speaks competition, as a result, continues to go from strength to strength each year, producing some superb quality speakers in our young people aged from 11 to 18.

This four stage national competition aims to encourage development of effective communication skills. It offers young people:

Experience of speaking on a public platform as a member of a team

  • An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects
  • Discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time
  • The opportunity of learning and practicing high standards of expression, presentation and appearance
  • Impartial feedback of performance by experienced adjudicators

The competition is open to teams of three, in full time education, in two ages groups:

Intermediate         11 – 13 years

Senior                  14 – 17 years

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a training programme for leaders and potential leaders and is one of the most successful Rotary programmes run by Rotary clubs around the world.

RYLAs are designed for young adults who have potential leadership ability. Whether you are a secondary school student, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life.

During a RYLA programme, participants will;

  • Develop leadership skills and character
  • Gain exposure to leadership issues and exchange ideas with like-minded people
  • Explore problem solving strategies as part of a group
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects in the community
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership scenarios
  • Get to know about Rotary in the community and find out more about Rotary programmes for young people

RotaKids at Etonbury Academy

As citizenship is part of the school curriculum this is an opportunity for Rotary to support and expand the work already happening in school. The decisions made always involve the RotaKids. RotaKids are the youngest members of the Rotary family and they provide a unique opportunity for Rotarians schools and young people to work together.

Rotakids believe that peace and fun go hand in hand.

The Baldock Rotary Club are delighted with the progress with Etonbury Academy. It is great to know that the Academy supports the Club alongside Rotarians.

The club has had guest speakers on a variety of topics, have raised funds with cake sales and managed projects to build bird boxes for local woods and guinea pig huts for the school farm. The Club meets weekly under the supervision of a teacher and with mentoring by members of Rotary.

Rotakids believe that peace and fun go hand in hand.

The picture below is showing the bird boxes and the children that made them






A Shelter Box talk and demonstration is planned for 4th May.

RotaKids take the following pledge to demonstrate their commitment to being good citizens:

As a RotaKid I endeavour to: to be fair to all, to serve my community and to show respect for others. 

 RotaKids could:

  • work on an environmental project by cleaning up a park or planting trees.
  • raise funds for a local cause by doing a sponsored event or even putting on a show
  • help the elderly by holding coffee morning and playing board games
  • support children in another country by sending unused bikes so they can get to school

The sky is the limit!


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)  (RYLA(

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a training programme for leaders and potential leaders and is one of the most successful Rotary programmes run by Rotary clubs around the world.

RYLAs are designed for young adults who have potential leadership ability. Whether you are a secondary school student, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life.

During a RYLA programme, participants will;

  • Develop leadership skills and character
  • Gain exposure to leadership issues and exchange ideas with like-minded people
  • Explore problem solving strategies as part of a group
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects in the community
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership scenarios
  • Get to know about Rotary in the community and find out more about Rotary programmes for young people

Baldock Rotary Support for Young People

Each year Rotarians give their time to help students at Knights Templar prepare themselves for life after school. The support is provided in two ways:

  • Mock Interviews are held which help the student prepare for job/university applications
  • Enterprise Day - this day is run by the school to challenge the students with a technology project. Our Rotarians give their time to assist with the facilitation of the day
  • SATs support at Etonbury Academy, Stotfold Rotarians from Baldock and Biggleswade and Biggleswade Ivel Clubs regularly assist with SATS invigilation, a service that Etonbury Academy value highly. 

 

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