Vocational & Youth Opportunities

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders, by offering programmes to help youngsters build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

Youth Competitions

From local heats to national finals, Rotary Youth Competitions in a range of creative areas let young peoples' skills flourish.

These contests are a great way to be challenged in a fun and friendly environment, plus there are great prizes up for grabs too.

With support all the way from your local Rotary Club, there is no reason not to take the leap and enter.

Competitions supported by Skipton Craven Rotary Club include:


Youth Speaks


Challenge your public speaking abilities and perform, persuade and entertain the audience with your display of wit and and knowledge of a topic.


I teams of three, participants present arguments and points of discussion, before taking questions from the judging panel who are, themselves, skilled orators.


Participants can select a topic which. is important to them, giving them an opportunity to delve deep into research, formulate ideas and build confidence.


Young Writer


This competition offers participants the chance to express themselves and get creative with the written word.


After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem.  Its a chance to be imaginative


Technology Tournaments


These are one-day events for multiple teams of four students to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by collectively solving a previously unseen technology task.


Each team is required to design, develop, build and then test their solution, with the tournament offering a fun way to develop team building, communication and time management skills


Who is eligible?


Each competition varies, but all are open to secondary school pupils aged 11-17 with a number of competitions also open to pupils as young as 7-years-old.


Competitions are spilt into appropriate age bands to allow participants to compete against those of a similar age.


How to get involved


Look out for announcements in the right hand column of this page or 


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)


RYLA is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults.  Whether a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help them to discover their potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in their community,career and everyday life


RYLA programmes run for between three to 10 days and give participants the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
  • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
  • Build confidence in oneself
  • Meet new people and make lasting friendships
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects locally and international

Who is eligible?


You don't need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades - just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun.


RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding.  Some degree of fitness is required.


The courses are open to people aged 14 to 30


How to get involved


Look out for announcements in the right hand column of this page or 


Rotary Youth Under Sail - in partnership with Ocean Youth Trust (North) (OYT)


This is a residential, character-building experience which challenges young people and steers them towards becoming self-confident, well-balanced individuals


It uses the traditional practices of seafaring as a tool for personal and social development.  Whilst participants do acquire some nautical skills, the programme does not aim to teach them how to sail.


The young crews will be fully involved in setting and achieving their own voyage objectives and will take responsibility for all aspects of running a 70ft/56 ton sailing vessel under the supervision of skilled staff and volunteers.


The programme requires participants to confront physical and emotional challenges.  Its a life-changing experience, giving them:

  • Self-confidence and resilience
  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Sense of responsibility and respect for others
  • Awareness of the environment

This programme is for young people aged 14 to 17 who will benefit from increased self-confidence and social interaction.


How to get involved


Look out for announcements in the right hand column of this page or 


A full list of Rotary Youth activities can be found at  https://www.rotarygbi.org/projects/young-people/








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