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.


Youth Activities in Rotary North East 2023-24

The 2023 Rotary Youth Competitions have all now been completed. The 2023 National finals of Young Musician, Young Chef and Youth Speaks were held in April 2023, and the "virtual" competition finals were judged in May/June 2023. Next year's Competitions will open for booking later in the year, so keep checking this page, as details will be posted as soon as RGB&I makes the information available.

We are delighted to report our 2023 National Winners of Young Chef and Young Musician and Young Artist are :

Eimhear McGrath - Penrith - Young Chef (she was our Cluster winner on 26 March)

Eva Scullion - Ripon - Young Musician - Vocalist (she was our Cluster winner of 25 March)

Amy Percival - Young Artist (Senior) - Middlesbrough Erimus.

Also, Astrid Jones Young Photographer )Senior) - Alnwick, was Highly Commended in the National finals. 

This year's  RYLA courses took place at our new purpose-built site alongside Hannahs Meadow and the Hury reservoir in August 2023, and both weeks were fully booked. RYLA North East in August 2023 was a truly invigorating event, providing even more opportunities to develop their leadership and team-working skills. 28 young people who took part. We cherry-picked highlights from our previous programmes and added loads of new features to offer the best RYLA yet.

We hope to run the Technology Tournament in the autumn of 2023, if resources permit, after taking time out because of COVID restrictions. 

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 the 2023 event cannot take place becuase 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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Youth Activities pages:



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 2024

more The 2023-24 Youth Competition Information Packs and posters have now been uploaded and are available in both the public and members’ area of the Rotary GB&I website. (9 pages below this)



more Bookings were very strong for RYLA 2023 at our new site, alongside Hannah's Meadow in Baldersdale, on the Cleveland Way. The two 5-day courses took place in August 2023 and the Presentation Evening is on 21st September 2023 at The Federation Brewery. (1 page below this)

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.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

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

Rotakids in Action

Rotary Alnwick focus on the Environment

more Rotakids planting trees and Young Environmentalist Success



more Rotakids in Rotary North East