Our Rotary club is passionate about encouraging youth as these are our mentors and leaders for tomorrow. Our Youth Coordinator is Krissie Web.
We work with local schools and fund some promising youth applicants to go through professional and life-changing training, mentoring and student exchange programs.
- Hills Rotaract Club – We are proud to support our amazing local Rotaract Club and often share our first meeting of every month with them visiting our club.
- Rotary Youth Exchange is a program our club is proud to support. We currently have the pleasure of hosting an amazing exchange student from Japan (Misake Okabe) and have just sent (early Feb) local hills resident Georgia Hill over to northern Japan.
- Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is an annual project of the District where each club sponsors a year 9/10 student to attend. During an intensive residential weekend, attendees develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds, and different parts of our district, improving their teamwork skills and having fun!!
- Conoco Phillips Science Experience – We sponsor local year 9 and 10 school students from to attend. The program is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. The program takes place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions, within many different laboratories and lecture theatres. Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution.
- MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) is an annual project of the District whereby clubs sponsor a team of Year 11 debating students to attend a model assembly. Each team is given a country to represent and a number of resolutions to debate on behalf of their allocated country. Winners are invited to a national assembly in Canberra. Topics invariably include world peace, the environment, social justice and human rights.
- NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) is a 12-day residential program for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about science, technology and mathematics. The program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields.Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.
- RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a week-long residential personal development program for young people aged 18 to 26 years which focuses on leadership and community. It is an annual District event which gives young people the chance to come together in a supportive environment to gain a better understanding of their own strengths as well as the unique qualities and abilities of others.
- School Dux Award- for Excelsior Public School.
- Annual Science Excellence Award – for Crestwood High School
For more information on any of these programs, please contact our youth coordinator.