Hundreds of youngsters take part every year in our youth competitions which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior, intermediate and advanced age groups.
Rotary Young Chef
Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill. 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.
Rotary Youth Speaks
We encourage speaking and presentation skills in young people and this competition showcases superb quality speakers.
Rotary Young Musician
Music is an international language and we encourage talented young people by providing this opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills..
RIBI Young Musician May 2015 - a video containing extracts from the last competition
Rotary Young Photographer
Photography is a talent and an ever popular art form. Entrants submit three photographs on a theme in black and white or colour, along with a description of the inspiration for their photographs.
Rotary Young Writer
A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. The winning writers are subsequently published in Rotary magazines.
Rotary Technology Tournament
Teams of students interested in engineering and science compete in a one day event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task. Solutions are tested and judged against competing teams.
Rotary Young Citizen Awards
These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25. Winners receive a cash prize of £500 at our annual conference where the awards are presented.
PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
New Generations Service Exchange
New Generations Service Exchange is a volunteering programme which provides opportunities for young people between 18 and 30 to undertake placements across the world or in their home country lasting anything from three weeks to six months. Placements may give vocational experience or humanitarian service or a mix of both relating to Rotary’s six areas of focus. This is the ideal programme for young people wanting to do something worthwhile for others and beneficial for their own careers before or during their studies or into their professional lives, while developing their personal skills and increasing their understanding of the world.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
This is a leadership development program which focuses on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and cover a variety of topics including:
• Leadership fundamentals and ethics
• Communication skills
• Problem solving and conflict management
• Community and global citizenship
For further information on RYLA and the courses please click here
Rotary Youth Exchange
One of the best youth exchange programmes in the world where participants can broaden their minds and their horizons with or without vocational experience or academic study. Exchanges can vary from a two week camp or tour, to a short term home stay, to a full year living and studying in another country.
The family of Rotary
Within Rotary we have clubs which cater for a range of age groups beginning with RotaKids for 7-12 year olds, Interact for 12-18 year olds and Rotaract for 18-30 year olds. These clubs, together with our programmes for young people, make up our Rotary family.