Rotary Youth Leadership Development Competition

Youth Leadership Development Competition

Rotary is committed to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons.

The Rotary Ireland Youth Leadership Development Competition, in conjunction with Euroscola, is one of our longest running youth projects and it rewards young people with clear leadership potential. Rotary Ireland has been organising this event for over twenty-five years and we see first-hand the opportunities and benefits it gives to the young leaders of today and tomorrow.  It is an opportunity for young people to enhance their personal development and improve their communication and teambuilding skills. Students learn life skills, as well as gaining confidence in public speaking and debate. Every year great friendships are formed that last for years.

The competition has 3 stages:

Stage 1: Rotary Clubs will invite local schools to encourage their students to enter the competition. This involves completing an application form and then attending an interview with Rotary members. At the end of this stage a school winner will be decided for each school. 

Stage 2: All school winners will attend another interview to determine the Rotary Club winner. 

Interviews for Stage 1 and Stage 2 are held during Sept, Oct &Nov. each year.

Stage 3: All Rotary club winners now move into the Zone Final. Again, students attend an interview. After the interviews 2-4 students will be selected as Zone winners, from each zone. In total 24 students, from the island of Ireland, will be selected for the prize. 

Interviews for Stage 3 are held during Nov./Dec.  2023.

The Prize:

The prize is a five day all expenses paid trip, which includes a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in February each year.  The trip in previous years started with a visit to Stormont in Belfast, the European Parliament Office in Dublin, Dáil Eireann and then to Strasbourg. In advance of the trip, students will be informed of the current European issues which they will debate, amend, vote and adopt in the EU Parliament. 

The Youth Leadership Development Competition is run by Rotary Ireland. Submission of a completed Application Form is conditional on each applicant agreeing to abide by the Competition Rules.

All entrants must be over 16 years of age on 1st January 2024 and less than 18 years of age on 31st March  2024.

For further information, contact Youth Leadership Development Competition Co-ordinator:

Marie Mullooly:   Mobile: 00353 (0) 868569802


Youth Leadership Application Form -   YLDC_Application_Form_23-24.docx

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