Youth Service

You can find information about our programmes and competitions to the right of this page 

Our Family of Rotary

Through Rotary we offer young people the chance to develop personal skills and a better awareness of the problems that face the world today. It is an opportunity to meet, work and have a great time with like-minded people, guided and supported by Rotarians.


RotaKids  is an exciting way for those 12 and under to lead and engage in important, lively activities that will make a positive difference in their school, in their local community and globally. At the same time, RotaKids develop the ability and confidence to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective citizens both now and in the future.


Interact is a club for young people aged 12 to 18 to work together helping others in their communities and across the world whilst having fun and learning about the world. They are based in secondary schools or colleges and organise at least two service projects a year - one that benefits their community and one that benefits international understanding.


Rotaract is a unique international service organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that enable young adults to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. Rotaract is an opportunity for young men and women to enhance their personal development, address the physical and social needs of their communities and promote better relations between people worldwide through friendship and service.

Programmes for Young People

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 

This is a leadership development programme which focuses on young people aged from 16 to under 18 years. The RYLA event that we organise lasts seven days and covers a variety of topics including:

·        Leadership fundamentals and ethics

·        Communication skills

·        Problem-solving and conflict management

·        Community and global citizenship

Rotary Youth Exchange 

This is 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. If you are interested register here and your local Rotary Club will contact you with more information.

Competitions for Young People

Rotary organises a number of competitions for young people. Heats are usually held locally by Rotary Clubs and then winners go on to regional and national finals.

Rotary Young Artist

Young Artist aims to encourage young people to use contemporary or traditional methods of art to express their creative talents

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.

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 Young Citizen Awards

These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25. 

Prize Winners will receive a trophy, certificate and a vocational experience relevant to their area of interest to be awarded at the Rotary Volunteer Expo in 2021

Rotary Primary Schools Quiz

Many of our Rotary Clubs hold a heat of the Primary Schools Quiz where local schools participate in a competition for pupils in P7. The winners of the competition then go on to compete with the winners from other Rotary Clubs in a wider area.

Technology Tournaments

Technology Tournaments are one-day events for multiple teams of 4 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.

If you want to know more about our youth activities contact your local Rotary Club. HERE

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Youth Service sub-pages:

Young Musician

more Young Musician Competition - 2024/25

Young Artist

more Young Artist Competition

Primary Schools Quiz

more The Primary Schools Quiz is a competition between primary schools throughout the North and East of Scotland. It is held anually. Normally over 500 schools compete through a series of heats. 16 schools compete in the final.

Young Photographer 2024

Young Photographer

more Details of the 2024 competition (1 page below this)

Young Writer

more Information about the 2023-24 competition

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

more Information about RYLA

Young Chef

more Information about the 2023-2024 Competition

Kids Out

more The Fun & Happiness Charity

Young Environmentalist Competition

more The Environment is a new Area of Focus for Rotary


more RotaKids District Support