“It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the New Generations - all young people up to the age of 30 - by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognising the diversity of their needs.
Thousands of people aged 30 and younger participate in Rotary programs to learn skills that will help them become future leaders. Youth programs allow participants to discover more about themselves and the world by participating in community projects, leadership training, or cultural exchanges. Young people also learn about the principles of ethics, service, and fellowship that Rotarians exemplify.
Some of the highlights are:
* Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange students may spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a
different country. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop broader outlook on world affairs and again a greater understanding of another culture. It also leads to the development of friendships that can last forever.
Men and women ages 18 to 30 can help in their community through Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored service club. Interesting meeting, entertaining social events and the opportunity to make new friendships as you give something back to the community makes this program very special.
RYLA is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and is the program that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. Open to young adults aged between 18 and 30, it gives participants the opportunity to attend a week long personal development live-in camp at Vision Valley. About 100 talented and leadership oriented young people work together in areas such as leadership, physical skills, musical talent and public speaking.
This is Rotary’s program of Enrichment and is open to school, children that have just completed Year 9. It’s a weekend camp at the Collaroy Youth and Community Centre just before the new school year commences and strives to deliver valuable benefits to attendees. Increased motivation, better self-image, the understanding and setting of goals, and a confidence to overcome problems are just a few of the topics covered.
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) provides our young adults still at school the opportunity express themselves in a way they would never imagine – and still have fun. Each team is allocated a country, and a political position of that country, and are expected to argue their many point in a United Nations environment. National dress of the country allocated is expected and preparation is key to success. Held from Friday night to Sunday lunch-time, MUNA provides plenty of opportunities for the serious business of the world in a wonderful atmosphere.
A great Year 10 program that gives our future drivers a good insight into some of the problems they may face in the future. In six sessions, this program covers hazard perception, safe celebrating, financial aspects of owning a car, straight forward talk from Police, exposure to brain injured drivers and a demonstration of just what speed does to stopping distances. Students are driven to and from the venue in buses, and professional presenters conduct the entire program during school hours.
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