Youth Activities

In this section you will find guidance on the various youth activities happening around the District. It is frequently updated so please visit regularly. The Zoom recording from Fri 10 May is now available.


Youth Activities in Rotary North East 2024-25

The District 1030 Youth Activities Zoom meeting on Fri 10 May 2024 is now available to download and view. The meeting includes full details of next year's competitions and activities. 

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Youth Activities in Rotary North East 2023-24

The 2024 Youth Competitions are now closed to new entries and the District Winners have now been posted on the District website.

The 2024 National Finals of Young Musician, Young Chef and Youth Speaks were held in April 2024, and the "virtual" competition finals will be judged at National Level during May 2024. 

This year's  RYLA courses will take place at our purpose-built site alongside Hannahs Meadow and the Hury reservoir in August 2024, with one course starting on 12th August and the second on 19th August 2024. . RYLA North East in 2023 was a truly invigorating event, providing many opportunities to develop the participants' leadership and team-working skills. 28 young people took part in 2023 and this year we expect lots more young people at our RYLA. We have cherry-picked highlights from our previous programmes and added loads of new features to offer the best RYLA yet. The 2024 courses are now closed for new bookings. 

We hope to run the Technology Tournament later in 2024, if resources permit, after taking time out because of COVID restrictions. We are always looking for volunteers to help us to run this very popoular event.

Bring It On North East, which originated as an idea from Sunderland Rotary, was run as a virtual event in 2020 and 2021, as the COVID restrictions made it impossible to bring together 1500 young people into an indoor event safely. The 2022 event returned to its live venue in the Beacon of Light on Wed 12th and Thu 13th Oct 2022 and was very successful, but unfortunately no future events can take place because of resourcing issues.

Please visit the pages below to find out more about Rotakids, Interact, Rotaract, Youth Competitions, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange (STEP and Long-term programmes).

Speakers available:

I am available to speak face-to-face (or on Zoom) to Clubs or Club Groups about Youth Competitions and RYLA. 

Jean and Keith Best are happy to do Zoom presentations on the Peace Project they have developed. This has been adopted at Barnard Castle through Rotary Barnard Castle and at North Durham Academy Stanley supported by Derwentside Club. Please let me know if you would like Jean and Keith to do a presentation at your club meeting.

Peter Chandler - District Youth Services Chair

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more Entries are now closed for RYLA 2024 in August 2024 at the same site as last year, alongside Hannah's Meadow in Baldersdale, on the Cleveland Way. (1 page below this)

Youth Competitions 2024

more The 2023-24 Youth Competitions are now closed to new entries and the District Winners for all of the competitions are listed below. (9 pages below this)



more Rotakids in Rotary North East

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

more No Youth Exchanges are expected to be organised by RGB&I this Rotary year, though we are pleased to report that our District is supporting two young people wishing to participate in a STEP (Short Term Exchange Programme) Youth Camp in 2024.



more Our Rotaract Clubs are in Tyneside, Durham and Darlington.



more Our District now has eight active Interact Clubs, with more in the pipeline for chartering later.

Youth Competitions

Final Results of National Youth Competitions 2023

more Our District entries won one first prize and one Highly Commended in the National Finals of the 2023 Youth Competitions. All of the results have now been published.

District Youth Webinar Recording 2023

more This is a recording of our District Youth Webinar on Wed 24 May 2023.

Rotakids in Action

Rotary Alnwick focus on the Environment

more Rotakids planting trees and Young Environmentalist Success