In 1949, the Rotary International Board adopted the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary Clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.
Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, centres for disabled children, school safety patrols, summer camps, orphanages, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child-care centres and children’s hospitals. Many Clubs provide vocational counselling, establish youth employment programs and promote the use of The Four-Way Test. Increasingly, drug/alcohol abuse prevention and AIDS awareness projects are being supported by Rotarians.
Every Rotarian an Example to Youth
In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models and mentors for the young people of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations.
It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the youth – 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. All Clubs and Districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of youth: health, human values, education and self-development. Rotary International’s Structured Programs for youth are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Exchange.
The month of September is designated as 'Youth Service Month' to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to use the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” in Club bulletins and publicity material during 'Youth Service Month'.
Our Youth Services Director for 2016–17 is Patrick Longfield. Please contact us for more information about our youth service projects and initiatives.
Click here for the blog of outgoing Exchange Student Anna Horrell, daughter of our Past President Allen Horrell, who is being sponsored by Carlingford Club
Current Youth Service Programs
Youth ExchangeThe Rotary Club of Ryde has been very active in International Youth Exchange.
For more information, visit the District 9680 Youth Exchange Website: www.ryep.org.
RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Ryde EisteddfodThe Rotary Club of Ryde has had a long history of supporting the Ryde Eisteddfod.
For more information, visit the Website: www.rydeeisteddfod.org.au.
RYDA – Roadsafe Youth Driver Awareness
RYPEN – Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
MUNA – Model United Nations Assembly
NYSP – National Youth Science Program
Primary School Public Speaking Competition
Rotaract – Click here for more
or check out Rotaract Macquarie Uni's Website
Interact Clubs are Rotary-sponsored Service Clubs for senior primary and high school students. Usually based in high schools, Interact Clubs give students opportunities to develop initiative, leadership skills, teamwork skills, a community service ethic and international understanding.
Ryde Rotary sponsors an Interact Club in our area, at James Ruse High School. Ryde Rotary also launched an Interact Club at Ryde Secondary College in 2013.
Reports from previous Youth Service Directors:
Each year, at Club Changeover, the chairs of each avenue of service provide an annual report. These are published in the annual Changeover Program. Go to our downloads page, and you will find all available Changeover Reports listed.