Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Our Rotary Club, like many, comprises Members whose ages are above 50. Yet we, as a Club, recognise that the future will be in the hands of those who are young students still at school. For that reason we have devoted much of our energy in activities that do something to enrich the young. Examples are: a Technology Tournament that tests the construction ingenuity of young teams; a Youth Speaks challenge which draws attention to public-speaking and debating skills of young students; a Young Essay competition challenges students in Year 6 to write a persuasive, well-structured essay on a selected topic; Young Chef looks at the culinary skills of students in Year 10; while Young Artist looks for those in Year 6 who can begin to show the artistic flair that singled out the Hockneys, Emins, Hamblings, Monets and Morissots of the past.
Add to that our support for Kids Out, when pay for disadvantaged students to have a day out at Whipsnade; or our Interact Club at a local school where we foster the Rotary ideals among those still studying.
Proof enough of our intentions, and yet little to show on our website.
Because in early 2020 the life of the young was turned upside down by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. The very people whose lives were developing had their education interrupted in a way not seen before. They lost the ability to be with their friends for hours in the week, they lost their exercise regimes, they were separated from the face to face contact with their teachers, they were expected to show a learning maturity for which they had not been prepared. And at the same time, anything we were able to do for them was called to a halt.
Be assured: the moment normality begins to be restored, we shall be reviving our activities, with new pages of details and links on this website. Already in 2022 we have reintroduced the Technology Tournament.
It is a cliché, but Watch This Space!