Every Rotarian an Example to Youth

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 4-Way Test.  Increasingly, drug/alcohol abuse prevention and AIDS awareness projects are being supported by Rotarians.
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 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.  All clubs and districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of the New Generations: health, human values, education, and self-development.

Our District

Rotary Clubs are incorporated entities under NSW law and must comply with Child Protection legislation as it applies to volunteers working with young people under the age of 18 years. Broadly, our District 9685 Youth Service programs fall into three categories -
  • Programs organised and administered by District Committees and supported by Clubs
    • Rotary Youth Exchange [RYEP]
    • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards [RYLA]
    • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN]
    • National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]
    • Siemens Science Experience, Engineering Schools [SSE]
    • Science & Engineering Challenge
    • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
    • Recognition of Youth Awards (ROYA)
    • Pacific Australia Cultural Exchange (PACE)
  • Programs organised and administered by other organisations and supported by Clubs
    • Youth Driver Awareness [RYDA]
    • Operation Hope (Wesley Mission Camps for disadvantaged children)
    • Youth Insearch (community-based organisation coordinating programs focusing on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level)
  • Programs initiated by Clubs to meet the needs of young people in their local communities
    • Scholarships, bursaries and awards for school students
    • Inter-school debating competitions
    • 'My Mother - My Hero' Mother's Day Essay/ Poem for Primary School students
    • Homeless youth programs
    • Community Centres for Youth
    • Youth Forums, ARH High School Forums on Mental Health (Years 10 & 11)
    • Youth Art Shows, Drama Festivals and Showcases of Musical Talents
    • Leadership training for High School Student Representative Council members
    • Support for students with disabilities - wheelchairs, computers, social outings\
Click on the nested pages to learn more about these programs
Email: Youth Service Director Greg Keighran at youthservice@rotarydistrict9685.org.au