Youth in our Communities

National and International youth competitions and activities are run by clubs at local level, all designed to develop confidence and experience for children in our local communities.

District 1200 run a number of activities aimed at recognising, developing, and celebrating the achievements of young people of all ages. Enabling our local youth to enjoy challenges, develop strong bonds of friendship, exceed their expectations, and realise their dreams. 

 We recognise the positive changes that are achieved through 

  • personal development activities such as RYLA
  • competitions such as Young Chef and Youth Speaks
  • Young Rotary with RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract
  • creating international understanding with Youth Exchange

Contact us to find out how to get involved with our Youth Activities

Personal Development Rotary youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the most successful Rotary programs run by Rotary clubs around the world. The course is run over seven days and includes workshops on personal development, communication skills, public speaking, emotional intelligence, and team dynamics. The participants also sample the delights of climbing, abseiling, an overnight camp, and a community exercise! Breakthrough Project uses personal development and positive experiences to help secondary school students in danger of permanent exclusion to stay in education, overcome barriers to learning created by negative attitudes, and to reach their potential. Activities include work experience placements with employers, expedition to Dartmoor led by Jack Russell (based on Jack's "Bee Positive" programme), and follow up activities in schools and with mentors.


The Rotary GB&I Youth Speaks competition is an exciting opportunity for young people to develop public speaking skills. It helps develop confidence, resilience, and determination in public speaking and debate. There are two age groups: Intermediate and Senior. The competition is open to teams of three; consisting of a Chairperson, a Speaker, and a Proposer of the Vote of Thanks. The team are free to choose their topic within the Rotary GB&I guidelines. Britain and Ireland is home to some of the most talented young instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. Rotary GB&I celebrates this talent with a sequence of competitions that offer thousands of young people the chance to showcase their musical skills - classical and modern. The competition is open to 11 - 17 year olds. writing is a talent that, sadly, not all of us are blessed with. The Rotary GB&I Young Writer competition is designed to give young people who have, or have the ability to develop, this talent a chance to demonstrate their literary skills. digital camera has revolutionized the photographic world with instant results that can be edited, cropped and have special effects applied with ease and skill. The Rotary GB&I Young Photographer competition gives young photographers the opportunity to demonstrate their photographic skills and creativity. Each entrant is required to submit a portfolio of 3 photographs together with a 50 word interpretation of the photographs to a chosen theme. believes it is highly important to encourage and develop creativity in young people, and this includes creativity in the kitchen. Cooking amongst our young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill. The Rotary GB&I Young Chef Competition produces some superb quality cooking by encouraging the budding Young Chefs to cook healthy meals, develop food presentation skills, and consider food hygiene. The competition is open to 11 - 17 year olds. The task this year is to produce a healthy three course meal in 2 hours for less than £15.

Rotarians can play a key role in the encouragement and development of the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematician. Teams of four students with an interest in engineering and science compete in a full day event to devise and build a solution to a previously unseen task. Working against the clock the team need to have good communication skills, be well organised, and able to show the development of the solution in a design portfolio.

Young Rotary

RotaKids Clubs are for youngsters between 7 and 12 years old and are usually school based.

RotaKids run their own projects to -

  • help raise money for charity

  • improve the environment

  • help the local community

  • help children in another country.

Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people aged between 12 and 18.

The purpose / mission is to provide opportunity for young people to work together in a world organisation dedicated to service and international understanding.Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting. There are 10,700 Interact Clubs worldwide in 109 countries.  

Rotaract is a unique international service organisation for people aged 18 to 30, offering a wide range of activities that will enable young men and women  to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others.

Rotaract has over 190,000 members of many different cultures, races, and creeds in 170 countries. There are 2,000 members of over 100 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. Each club is autominous and organises its own activities, whether it is a social activity, fundraising event, or helping in the local community.

Youth Exchange

Rotary has been organising youth exchanges for over 60 years, providing incredible opportunities for young people to see the world, experience a different way of life, maybe learn another language, make international friends, and discover a lot about themselves whilst acting as an ambassador for their own country. Each year, worldwide, over 7,000 young people, aged between15 and 25, enjoy the experience of a lifetime through Rotary Youth Exchange.

There are four exchange options -
Short Term Exchange
 Spend 2 weeks or more staying with an exchange partner in their family home. Your exchange partner then stays in your home for a similar period
Long Term Exchange
 This lasts for an academic year. You will attend school or college while living with a host family.
Camps and Tours
 Camp in the wilderness or tour a cultural city with people of your own age from across the world.
New Generation Exchange
 Varying in length from 3 weeks to 3 months this programme gives school leavers and graduates the opportunity of unpaid vocational placements that match their career plans and aspirations.

Coordinator: Robert Porter

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