Youth Service Committee
Chairperson Sheila Hopkinson
Our mission statement for 2018 - 19
"We on the Youth Services team are on a quest to discover talent, foster leadership and skills and promote community involvement amongst the younger members of society within our locality"
Our objectives for 2018-19
1. To continue to promote the participation in four youth competitions aimed at recognising the talent and achievements of young people
- Youth Speaks
- Young Chef
- Young Photographer
- Young Musician
Jack Edwards was the first Headmaster of Much Wenlock Secondary Modern School a position he held for 16 years until his death in 1968. Jack was also a member of the Rotary Club of Ironbridge and was its President in 1962-63.
The school and many local community institutions which included the Rotary Club of Ironbridge joined together to form a Trust in his name. The Trust has now been in place for over 40 years.
The aim of the Trust is to ensure that the original motto of the school, that has now become William Brookes School, lives on in the deeds and actions of its students. This was Courtesy, Enterprise and Endeavour, three things that Jack Edwards valued very highly and wanted to encourage in the students who attended his school.
Each year in March the Trust meets to consider a number of schemes put forward by students and to select which are worthy of funding. The Rotary club of Ironbridge was one of the founder members and continues to support both the JL Edwards Memorial Trust and the William Brookes School. Rotarian Ray Hardman has been the Trust Chairman since 2015.
3. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14 to 30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
4. Community Involvement
Encourage links with youth groups in our locality.
5. Additional Support Needs.Disability
Facilitate the introduction of participation in competitions or projects by schools and clubs in our area involving younger people with special needs.