District 1180 Youth Service

Developing the skills and talents of Young People in our District.

As a District we have a fabulous range of activities for children and young people to enjoy.  They are the foundations of our communities, and the Rotarians of our future, so a priority for our clubs.

Activities available are:

  • Nominating a young person for Rotary Young Citizen Award, Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award, Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award or Rotary Young Citizen Environmentalist Award;
  • Sponsoring a young person aged 16-18 to attend the District's annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award course in August each year;
  • Sponsoring a young person aged 14-18 to complete the Developing Future Leaders Course;
  • Sponsoring a young person age 16-18 to attend a Rotary Youth Exchange camp;
  • Set up Rotakids groups for children aged 7-12 with your local primary schools, or Interact groups for young people aged 12-18 with your local secondary schools; or
  • Run a Technology Tournament day to challenge groups of young people to demonstrate their STEM skills.

There is a District Lead for all these acrivities who can advise and support you.  Each has its own page shown to the side or bottom of this page, for you to click into for further information and to contact the District lead for that activity.

There are also a range of competitions you could run with local schools and clubs.  You would work with them to have pupils from the schools compete to reach the District final, possibly progressing to the Cluster Final and National Final.  Again each has its own District lead, and page giving further information at the side or bottom of this page.  The 2023-24 Rotary Youth Competition Guidelines document contains everything a Rotary club needs to know about offering these competitions to young people in their community. Each competition aims to encourage and celebrate the talents of our young people.

The competitions are:

24/25 Rotary Youth Competitions

  • THEME 24/25 for non face to face competitions = Wonderful Water

    • Deadline for submissions of district winners for the non face to face competitions to Rotary GB&I for national final = Weds 30th April 2025
    • National finals for Rotary Young Chef and Rotary Young Musician will be the weekend of 29th/30th March 2025. We do not yet know which of these two dates they will be or the venue
  • AGES
    • Date for determination of age eligibility will be 31st August 2024
    • Only change of age for 24/25 will be for Rotary Young Chef which will be 11 to 17

The aim is to help young people discover and develop their own personal skills, grow their self-esteem and enjoy themselves in the process. Whether it is RotaKids, Interact or taking on the challenge of Rotary GB&I Young Writer there is something for everyone to participate in.

Clubs and Districts all play a vital role in reaching out to youngsters, so make use of your District Youth Leads, get involved with your schools and youth groups and share your stories of success with the resource group.

You can alwatys contact me, Hannah Graham, as District Youth Lead if you have any questions, at youthservices1180@icloud.com.

You can find further information on all Youth Activities on the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland website https://www.rotarygbi.org/get-involved/young-people/. For each specific activity page linked on this page there is a link to the relevant Rotary GB&I page for more information on that activity.

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District 1180 Youth Service pages:

Welsh Young Writer

more A District-only competition, new for 2020/21

Young Writer

more This competition allows entrants' imaginations to run wild! After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem; with the opportunity to express themselves and get creative with the written word.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

more Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. This annual course is normally held at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre in August.

Developing Future Leaders

more Giving young people the chance to develop and grow, while earning an accredited qualification.

Youth Speaks - A Debate

more This competition is designed to encourage young people to develop their creative and presentation skills essential to the art of public speaking.

Young Artist

more Budding young painters, illustrators and artists can showcase their creative flair, with the opportunity to interpret the competition's annual theme and set their creativity free, turning ideas from a blank canvas into a work of art!

Young Filmmaker

more Talented young filmmakers will take their ideas from concept to reality by producing a five-minute short film based on their interpretation of the annual brief; a chance for them to write, edit and direct their own masterpiece!.

Young Environmentalist

more This contest is looking for young people, who care about the planet. Entrants will have the opportunity to present unique solutions to environmental problems, from waste management to climate change, and change how we look at the environment.

Young Musician

more Music is the international language and RGBI has some of the most talented young instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. This competition offers young people the chance to demonstrate their musical skills whether classical or modern.

RotaKids 7-12

more 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.

Interact 12-18

more Interact clubs are clubs for 12-18 year olds. Every year, Interactors complete at least two projects in their communities, one of which is overseas, helping them build friendships and a better understanding with young people in other countries.

Rotary Youth Exchange

more Rotary Youth Exchange is one of Rotary’s earliest Peace initiatives and is widely regarded as one of the best youth exchange programmes in the world.

Rotary Young Citizen Award

more Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland celebrates the achievements of young people with the annual Rotary Young Citizen Awards. These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25.

Young Chef

more We believe it is important to encourage and develop creativity in young people, including in the kitchen. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a two course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, judged by an expert panel.

Technology Tournament

more Technology Tournaments are one-day events for teams of four students from local schools and colleges. they are a challenging and enjoyable way for young people to enrich their STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Young Photographer

more The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, whilst interpreting the competition’s annual theme in an imaginative way.