RYPEN is an Australian designed project for young people between the ages of 14 and 17.

It took its rise from the fact that there was little recognition for decent , hard working young people and sets out to broaden horizons and lift aspirations in a supervised residential weekend seminar.

Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards and broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.

Nominations for the seminar result from an approach made by Rotary clubs to the local high schools. They are directed to the district RYPEN chair for selection and further communication. Where numbers become excessive for one seminar, it may be possible to conduct a further course later in the year.

The cost for the weekend is normally carried by the sponsoring Rotary club with assistance in transport where necessary.

The district RYPEN committee is responsible for the presentation of the weekend seminar. A Program of thought-provoking activities, informative speakers, social situations and personal challenges is offered under supervision of counselors and visiting Rotarians.

Parents and Rotary club members are invited to attend the final session and lunch on Sunday. Rypennians, as with other program nominees, should be encouraged to address their sponsoring Rotary club after the weekend.