Our Work with Young People


Rotary works with young people in a variety of ways to develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to enjoy a greater awareness of the world about them.

Youth Services Chairman: Chas Cairns

RIBI Youth Competitions

Details of the many competitions run throughout the District, together with entry forms can be found on the RIBI web pages. Members of the Youth Services Committee will be pleased to help and support clubs throughout the District wishing to stage any of these activities. Contact details for the organiser of each Competition can be found below and examples of recent District successes can be found on the Related Pages.

Young Chef

For further details on how to enter and to see some of the skills and fun involved in this very popular competition  Read more.......

District Organiser: Keith Wetherell  (Ascot)


Youth Speaks

We have some fine young orators in the Thames Valley District, with a number of Regional winners, and this years District winners of both the Senior and Intermediate sections - Wycombe Abbey and Reading Blue Coat schools - triumphed again at the National finals 

District Organiser: Peter Bailey (Marlow)


Young Musician

Musical talent abounds in the Thames Valley and this competition celebrates the best of young Instrumentalists and Vocalists as two separate categories. Robert Cheung, a very talented classical pianist from Windsor won the National title in 2014, vocalist Florence Cain reached the National finals in 2015 and vocalist Isabel Irvine was crowned RIBI Young Musician 2016.   First round heats are organised by a limited number of clubs, but include others in the area. Young Musicians looking for an opportunity near them should contact

District Organiser: Anne Coulson (Loddon Vale)

Download the Young Musician 2018/9 Information Pack and Guidance Notes for Club Organisers here


Young Photographer & Young Writer

The theme this year for both these competitions is Our World is Beautiful, with Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Entries are invited from clubs organising these competitions to arrive for judging the District winners no later than 16 April. District winners will be submitted for the National finals in early May.

District Organiser: Pat Lattimer (Maidenhead)


Technology Tournaments

Designed to encourage students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, these tournaments are growing in popularity and are now accredited by the British Science Association CREST Discovery Award        Find out more........

District Organiser: Colin Wells (High Wycombe)

Rotary Award Schemes for Young People

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

An outdoor leadership and skill development course for selected 18-25 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their communities  Read all about it!

District Organiser: Carole Lowe (Reading)


Brian Middleton Award for Young People with Additional Needs

As a new departure for this year, Thames Valley District is trialing a group sailing experience at Bisham Abbey and is seeking 5 candidates with physical and/or sensory impairments for a fun-filled week learning new skills and building confidence on the water with fully trained instructors and specialised equipment from the Accessible Boat Club  Read more about this adventure of a life-time......

District Organiser: Christine Bailie (Misbourne Matins)
Young Citizens Awards with the BBC News Channel

Each year, Rotary in Britain and Ireland invite nominations of exceptional young people who have made a real difference to other people's lives for their Young Citizens' Awards, which are presented to 5 winners at the RIBI Confernce in April. Entry forms may be downloaded here for submission by 27 January

In 2013 Sweat Box Union, nominated by the Rotary Club of Wantage, were one of 5 winners of the RIBI Young Citizen Awards for rescuing their Youth Club from closure following government spending cuts by raising thousands of pounds to keep it open.

Watch the video on BBC News!

Young Rotary: Interact, Rotakids and more.....

In addition to the many competitions and award schemes there is a range of other opportunities for the younger generation.

Interact clubs for 12 -18 year olds are the fastest growing branch of the Rotary family and District 1090 has seen an amazing number of clubs spring up over the last few years, with more in the pipeline!  Read more about what these exciting young clubs offer..............


Rotakids, the latest addition to the family, have also been popular in the Thames Valley area as primary schools recognise what an enriching addition they can be to citizenship areas of the curriculum, with their opportunities to engage with a wide range of projects - both at home and overseas. Read more...........

District Organiser: Mike Ware (Bourne End & Cookham)


Youth Exchange

The Youth Exchange programme offers Adventures of a Lifetime to young people aged 15 -25.  Read more!

District Youth Exchange Officer: Alistair Knox (Reading Maiden Erleigh)


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Brian Middleton Award for Young People with Additional Needs

'An opportunity of a lifetime' for 5 young people, aged 12 – 18, with physical and/or sensory impairments, to learn how to sail at Bisham Abbey Sailing School, Marlow, from 30th July to 3rd August 2018.

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Robert wins RIBI Young Musician!

Robert Cheung, a young classical pianist who lives in Old Windsor, became the winner of the Rotary Young Musician Final in Truro at the beginning of May

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Young Musicians at Dorchester_Abbey

Young Musicians Light up Rotary

Thames Valley winners and runners up from recent RIBI Young Musician competitions stunned their audience at the beautiful and historic Dorchester Abbey

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Florence wins BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year title

Congratulations to Florence Cain, vocalist winner of our District Young Musician of the Year and RIBI national finalist in 2015, for becoming female winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2016

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Young Chef finalists 2015

Young Chef

Encouraging young people to eat healthily and celebrate their culinary skills

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Youth Speaks

Rotary encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people and the RIBI Youth Speaks competition showcases some superb quality speakers aged from 11 to 18

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Technology Tournament

Rotary Technology Tournaments provide an opportunity for students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, as well as to practice oral, written and graphical communications skills

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Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange

Offering opportunities for adventures of a lifetime

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RYLA

Leadership training and skill development course for 18-25 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their communities

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RotaKids grow into responsible citizens

Rotakids

Rotakids: What, Why? How?

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Interact

The fastest growing clubs in the Rotary family

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