Work with Young People and Schools

Rotary Youth Competitions

Thousands of youngsters take part every year in national Rotary Youth Competitions which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior, intermediate and advanced age groups.

The competitions are varied and the Rotary Club of Eastleigh is encouraging local schools to enter the two that we are organising:                          

Youth Speaks

Young Writer 2

Young Writer

Other competitions that a school might be interested in entering include:

Rotary Young Chef

Rotary Young Musician

Rotary Young Photographer

Rotary Technology Tournament

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Courses

The Rotary Club of Eastleigh regularly sponsors one or two students every year to attend a RYLA course.

These weekend residential RYLA courses are held at the Avon Tyrell activity centre located in the New Forest (near Bransgore).

RYLA is designed to develop leadership skills of young people aged between 16 and 17 years old. The course programme includes:

Fundamentals of leadership

Ethics of positive leadership

Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

Problem solving and conflict management

What Rotary is and what it does for the local community

Building self-confidence and self-esteem

Elements of community and global citizenship

Students are selected and sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the district, which are responsible for the fees and any expenses involved in the course. The course is designed and run by Rotarians and professionals who have experience of working with young people in challenging environments.

RYLA runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and the programme includes outdoor activities of an adventurous nature, such as raft-building, practical problem-solving, low ropes led by the Avon Tyrrell staff.

Additional confidence and team building exercises are run by the Rotary Facilitators. There are also indoor exercises designed to improve communication skills and to encourage the students to think about how they interact with other people and learn about themselves.

The feedback from these courses is amazing – just listen to what some students had to say about their experiences at a recent RYLA course.