Youth Programmes

Rotary offers the chance for young people to develop personal skills and a better awareness of problems that face the world today. Our club offers competitions, courses and clubs to help them do this.

Competitions

Our Rotary club arranges four competitions for young people.  Winners from our local competitions go forward to the next level competitions at district, regional and national level. All the competitions are organised by RIBI - Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland - and are run jointly with the Rotary club of Loddon Vale.

All the competitions are split into three different age categories, with ages taken on 31st August preceeding the competition.

       Category                 Age                                   

  • Junior                7 - 10 years                     
  • Intermediate    11 - 13 years                     
  • Senior              14 -17 years                     

 

Further information and a downloadable competitor's instruction pack for each competition can be obtained from the RIBI web site  http://www.ribi.org/what-we-do/youth-competitions-and-awards

If you are interested in taking part please contact us via the "Contact Us" page on this web site.

 

Youth Speaks 

The Youth Speaks competition offers young people the experience of speaking on a public platform as a member of a team. The competition is open to teams of three students, in full time education. There is no Junior age category for this competition.

 

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The Young Writer competition encourages the work of young people who show talent in creative writing. 

 

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The RIBI Young Musician competition provides an opportunity to thousands of young people each year to demonstrate their musical skills. 

Technology Tournament

A competition to encourage young people to see design and technology as attractive and challenging by providing opportunities for them to take part in devising and building a solution to a technology task. They do this as part of a small team in competition with others at the same time and place.

RYLA course

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As well as the youth competitions we also sponsor candidates on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scheme.  When possible our Rotary club pays for local young people to attend the week-long course which is run by fully qualified instructors at a centre near Lake  Bala in the Snowdonia National Park. The course is designed for 32 young people who are sponsored by Rotary clubs in District 1090 (Thames Valley) for potential young leaders aged between 18 and 25.

Further information on RYLA can be downloaded from the District 1090 web site www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=255998&DistrictNo=1090. 

If you are interested in taking part in RYLA please contact us via the "Contact Us" page on our web site  /get-in-touch/

Interact

Interact clubs are Youth clubs for young people aged 12 to 18 who work together to help others in the community and across the world, whilst having fun and excitement at the same time.  We run Interact clubs at Maiden Erlegh and  Bulmershe schools. These introduce the young people concerned to the idea of service and giving to the community. While the clubs' members organise their own activities, our members attend their regular meetings to give support and advice. We also involve the Interactors in some of our other activities such as dragon boat racing and fund raising. 

Youth   Exchange,  Camps and Tours

Under this scheme we sponsor, when possible, local young people on Rotary Camps and tours such as alpine climbing and tours of far eastern countries. For more information go to the Youth Exchange website.

The costs to the participants usually include transport to the country, hire of any special equipment and insurance. Lodgings and guides are often provided by local Rotary clubs. This makes the camps inexpensive and gives the exchange students an understanding of the foreign country they would not get from an ordinary holiday there - which is why the Rotary clubs organise them.

Our club has also sent one local youth to Louisiana for two months on a Rotary Service Exchange. This was intended to give him experience to help in his chosen career as well as an amazing cultural experience. See the New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) website for more information.    

Although the camps and visits are called exchanges they do not involve any reciprocity.

You can register your interest on the NGSE website