Youth Committee

The Chair of the Youth Service Committee is Rtn David Ogle Contact:

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I regard any interaction that our club has with young people as absolutely fundamental to our Rotary commitment.

It’s a cliché to talk of tomorrow’s citizens but it’s absolutely true.

This year’s objective has been to develop improving levels of communication with our 2 local schools, Bideford College and Kingsley School.

Both Schools have been extremely receptive and we have been able to develop 3 projects, all now up and running, with others under discussion.

Mock interviews

This year we have a total of 60 students from both Schools meeting with a panel of Rotarians working to a strict brief agreed with the School.

For many students this will be their first experience of a formal interview and it will naturally be quite nerve wracking. However, the experience that Rotarians bring to the interview brings out the best in a student.

We tailor make the discussion dependant on whether it’s a job interview or a university application and assist the student with constructive comments on their proposed CV. We also help with pre interview preparation, how to present themselves and an appropriate dress code.

Whilst it’s very positive to receive letters of thanks, the fact that the number of students applying to be interviewed has doubled from last year, clearly indicates that our involvement has had a positive impact.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Bideford Bridge Rotary Club have supported RYLA for a number of years and we continue to be amazed and delighted at the real difference that RYLA makes to a student’s confidence and personal strengths.

After a week of teamwork, leadership development and problem solving on an outward bound type course, students emerge as real team players, who are happy to say that they have had the best week of their lives. This year our club will be supporting 4, 16 to 18 year old’s drawn from local schools and youth clubs.

Rotary Rocket

Currently our focus is on our relationship with Bideford College Technology Department as our new race car heads towards May 2016 and its first race of the season, held in Newquay.

Once again this project ticks all the boxes as students develop team building and leadership skills.

It is our hope that other clubs will join us on our exciting journey, for more information please log on to our Rotary Rocket page.

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