Rotary Youth Projects

July 27, 2015

There are a number of projects that Rotary do for youth and Rotary is keen to make a better connection with our local young people and students. Previous Katanning Senior High School students have been involved with some of these projects and have advised that they have found them extremely beneficial and to be a valuable experience.

An overview of some Youth Projects that Katanning Rotary are involved in is detailed below.



​RYPEN stands for Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment which through a weekend live in seminar for up to 45 participants, aims to create in young adults an awareness of their place in and responsibility towards, society. Participants are sponsored and paid for (at a cost of around $285 pp) by the many Rotary Clubs within District 9465 who see RYPEN as a great opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to youth in their community.

Who Should Apply?

Teenagers between fourteen and seventeen years of age who have not yet experienced leadership positions, but who have the potential to benefit from such exposure.

What Does RYPEN Offer?

  • Increased motivation and improved life skills
  • Better self image and more pride in self
  • An understanding of how to set and achieve goals
  • The confidence to overcome failure and take control of the one’s future
  • An opportunity to challenge personal boundaries

What Does it Involve?

RYPEN is an intensive programme which includes developing and implementing problem solving skills. At the same time participants from different backgrounds are interacting with each other and improving their teamwork skills. Activities may include a low ropes course, a team building course, workshops, games and more done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debate are encouraged.

When is it Held?

Two camps a year are organized usually in May and October.  The next camp will be 11-13 September 2015


An application form for the September 2015 Camp will  shortly be available as a download via the link in the left hand margin



The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a challenging 7 day programme held in January which provides a unique opportunity for leadership skills development. Rotary is seeking young people between the ages of 18 and 28 who have the talent, energy and motivation to discover their leadership potential. RYLA is for young adults with proven leadership experience and potential leaders from diverse backgrounds. Whether they are a secondary school student, university student, or young professional, RYLA provides a unique opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, and make new friends. The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life.

This program won’t necessarily suit current high school students due to age, however it is something many will find useful post school when they come of age.


National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

The National Youth Science Forum is a two-week programme for students moving into Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and technology.

The NYSF helps students in Year 12 who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. It also fosters discussion of and interest in major national and global issues ans emphasises the importance of maintaining continuing active interest in sport, arts and music.


The Science Experience

Is a fun three or four days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students. Each 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. Western Australian programs are held at Edith Cowan Universty Joondalup Campus, University of Western Australia & Curtin University.

Whilst this is not a specific Rotary project, students can apply to Rotary for sponsorship.


Drive Safe

Katanning Rotary look to run a drive safe program at least once per year. The programs are designed for any age and driving experience, however Rotary feel there is real value in targeting the program to those early in their driving career.

Short Term Exchange Program (STEP)

STEP is an overseas exchange which may vary in length from several days to several weeks and is normally reciprocal. It is available to qualified students between 15 and 18 years of age.


Youth Exchange Program

Twelve months in a foreign country with board and accommodation provided by host families is offered by Rotary International District 9465. To be eligible, students must be over 16 and less than 18 years of age at the time of departure in January.

This is an education and cultural exchange and each student’s principal purpose is to act as a “Youth Ambassador” for Australia.


Rotary Adventure In Citizenship (RAIC)

Intensive and fun filled week-long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia. Held every two years. Each year around 35 Year 11 students (the delegates) are sent by their local Rotary clubs to Canberra. They are taken out of their comfort zones into new places, set amongst new faces and asked to do new things. Run in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office the delegates are immersed behind the scenes in Parliament House. They view Parliament in action, including the Budget speech and Question Time, meet their Federal member of parliament and Press Gallery journalists. Through role play, delegates participate in law-making debates and explore the functions of the Parliament. One of the highlights is having morning tea with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. And most importantly, they meet and make friends with young people from all over Australia. Delegates from previous years have said this is one of the highlights of the RAIC program.


Should you wish to find out more about any of the programs please go to the Rotary website at