Youth Activities

Latest news on our competitions for young people including details of the 2020-21 competitions

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Rotary’s youth competitions offer a platform for talents to shine.

 

Competitions

Rotary hosts a number of annual competitions enabling thousands of young people to test and develop their skills and talents in a range of disciplines. All these competitions have the full support of your local Rotary Club: https://www.rotarygbi.org/projects/young-people/competitions/

Participation in most competitions is restricted to children and young people aged 17 or under  (i.e. 18th Birthday on or after 1st September). 

Some competitions are divided into age ranges and skill levels which are specified below.

Who can take part in the competitions?

Students whether at formal schools or being home educated, community youth organisations such as Scout Groups/Girl Guides and Members of RotaKids & Interact.

There are two types of competitions:

  1. Those requiring physical attendance and practical participation at a venue (e.g. Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Musician & Technology Tournament)
  2. Competitions involving submission of material to a central venue (e.g. Young Photographer & Young Writer)

Competition Stages

For Young Chef, Youth speaks and Young Musician the process is the same:

  • Competitions begin at club level
  • The winners proceed to a District competition
  • District winners go on to a Regional final
  • Regional finalists are put forward to the National final

For Young Photographer & Young Writer:

  • Competitions begin at club level
  • The winners proceed to a District competition
  • District winners are put forward to the National final

For the Technology Tournament there is only a club level Competition.


Young Artist NEW

Share your creative talents with a wide audience by taking part in our new Young Artist competition. Express yourself with your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Wild Nature’ and submit a piece of artwork (two dimensional please).

Your artwork will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if you are lucky, on to the national final.

The competition is open to artists aged between 7 and 17. 

You can find full details at https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Artist-Information-Pack.pdf

Young Musician

Share your gift of song or mastery of a musical instrument in Rotary’s Young Musician competition.

Participants will get the chance to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians.

Entrants can be either a vocalist or instrumentalist. 

You can find an information pack at https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Musician-Information-Pack.pdf

Young Filmmaker NEW

We know there are many talented young filmmakers out there, all keen to showcase their talents. That’s why we have introduced the Young Filmmaker competition.

Focus on your talents with this brand-new opportunity and be one of our first winners. Send a five-minute piece which shows your interpretation of the theme ‘Challenge’ and you could win a mentoring experience which will further enhance your talents.

Your work will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if selected, on to the national final.

The competition is open to filmmakers aged between 7 and 17. 

You can find full details at https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Filmmaker-Information-Pack.pdf

Young Photographer

Photography has the power to capture special places, moments and memories.

The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, interpret the competition’s annual brief in an imaginative way and experiment with digital and traditional methods.

See the winning pictures of the 2018-2019 competition at https://www.rotarygbi.org/rotary-young-photographer-2019/ 

This year the theme is "Wild Nature"    You can find full details at https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Photographer-Information-Pack.pdf

Youth Speaks: A Debate

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

In 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. 

The competition has changed a bit this year: you can find full details at: https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Youth-Speaks-A-Debate-Information-Pack.pdf

Young Environmentalist NEW

This new contest is looking for people like you, who care about the planet. Present your unique solution to environmental problems by entering this competition and change how we look at waste.

You can enter as a team or as an individual and come up with a clever way to address the challenge of waste minimisation.

Submissions are in project form and must show your ingenious way of tackling the issue.

Your reward? A mentoring experience to take your idea forward and a chance to save the planet.

Your project work will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if chosen, on to the national final.

The competition is open to environmentalists aged between 7 and 17.


You can find an information pack at: https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Environmentalist-Information-Pack.pdf

 

Young Writer

This competition offers participants 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. It’s a chance to be imaginative.


The theme this year is "My Happiest Day". You can find an information pack at https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2020/06/2020-21-Young-Writer-Information-Pack.pdf

Technology Tournaments

Technology Tournaments 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

Rotary also offers Junior Technology Tournaments for younger pupils in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust.

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.


(ALL fields required)

(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)