Hundreds of youngsters take part every year in our youth competitions which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior, intermediate and advanced age groups.
For all competitions contact your local Rotary club for an application form.
UPDATE FOR 2021 There will be no national competitions for Young Chef, Young Musician or Youth Speaks this year.
We are planning to hold these competitions covering our Rotary District (Wessex) and are hoping to extend this to a regional competition (S.W. England).
Rotary Young Chef
Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel.
A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. The winning writers are subsequently published in Rotary magazines.
Present your unique solution to environmental problems by entering this competition and changing how we look at waste. You can enter as a team or or as an individual and come up with a clever way to address the challenge of waste minimisation.
To recognise and highlight the acheivements and contribution, as a positive role model to others, of a sports participant or a group or an individual or group who is enabling others to participate in sport.
Rotary YoungCitizen Peacemaker Award
Reflecting Rotary's area of focus on Peace and conflict Prevention/Resolution, to recognise young people, under the age of 25, who have made a significant contributionby building peace and undertansding whether in their school, local community or with a peace project internationally.
PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
New Generations Service Exchange
New Generations Service Exchange is a volunteering programme which provides opportunities for young people between 18 and 30 to undertake placements across the world or in their home country lasting anything from three weeks to six months. Placements may give vocational experience or humanitarian service or a mix of both relating to Rotary’s six areas of focus. This is the ideal programme for young people wanting to do something worthwhile for others and beneficial for their own careers before or during their studies or into their professional lives, while developing their personal skills and increasing their understanding of the world.
This is a leadership development program which focuses on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. District RYLA courses are run over a long weekend and cover a variety of topics including:
• Leadership fundamentals and ethics
• Communication skills
• Problem solving and conflict management
• Mental Health Skills
One of the best youth exchange programmes in the world where participants can broaden their minds and their horizons with or without vocational experience or academic study. Exchanges can vary from a two week camp or tour, to a short term home stay, to a full year living and studying in another country.
The family of Rotary
Within Rotary we have clubs which cater for a range of age groups beginning with RotaKids for 7-12 year olds, Interact for 12-18 year olds and Rotaract for 18-30 year olds. These clubs, together with our programmes for young people, make up our Rotary family.