New Generations

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (Rotary GB&I) recognises the importance of encouraging young people to achieve their potential and has developed a range of events and competitions with this objective in mind.

This programme includes a wide range of competitions for teams and individuals, which embrace both academic and practical skills. It is also about Leadership development, good citizenship and opportunities to exchange and experience life in other countries for a week or even a year. It is a complete offering to excite and develop young minds and personalities.

Young Leaders

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) develops the leadership skills of young people through a programme of adventure, mind stretching, and physical testing group which builds confidence and develops skills and character. A RYLA course usually involves a residential experience of between 3 and 7 days.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange offers young people between the ages of 15 and 25 the opportunity to experience a different way of living, appreciate other cultures, possibly a new language, and to discover a lot about themselves.

Long Term Exchange - for 16 to 18 year olds to continue their school study in another country for an academic year.

Short Term Exchange - for 15 to 19 year olds to spend a few weeks living with a family in another country.

New Generations Exchange - opportunities for 18 to 25 year olds to improve vocational skills and knowledge in another country.

Camps and Tours - share cultural, sports and other activities with 10 - 15 others from different countries, improve life skills and make international friends.


Rotary Young Citizen - In partnership with BBC News celebrates magnificent achievements of young people.

Rotary GB&I Young Chef - prepare, cook and serve a three course healthy meal for two people. Cookery is an important life skill and great fun.

Rotary GB&I Youth Speaks - This competition offers a team of three young people the opportunity to speak on a public platform, while presenting ideas on a topic in limited time.

Rotary GB&I Young Musician - A competition for instrumentalists and vocalists, Young Musician encourages the musical skills and talents of our young people.

Rotary GB&I Young Writer & Rotary GB&I Young Photographer - These competitions encourage the imagination, creativity and artistry of young minds.

Competitions are progressive, initially at Rotary club level, progressing to district, regional and GB & Ireland wide finals. The standards are tremendous and Rotary GB&I offers trophies and prizes for the winners. All competitions are open to young people aged 11 to 17.

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