Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program
RYDA provides first quality road safety information to youth to help ensure when they commence driving they have the best road safety education possible. RYDA is a not-for-profit company that has developed a road safety education program delivered to the youth of our community through Rotary Clubs. The one day program is held at a driver training facility or similar premises, and is about road safety and covers topics such as safe celebrating and fatigue, stopping distances, hazard perception, and includes personal stories from crash survivors.
It is directed at young people at the period in their life when they start driving a car and ride as a passenger in a car driven by one of their peers
EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by one of the local Rotary clubs in the township in which the school is located. The mission and operation of EarlyAct™ are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact.

EarlyAct™ provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognise the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.

EarlyAct™ also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.
EarlyAct™ Teaches:
  • Caring 
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Responsibility
  • Tolerance
  • Citizenship
  • Compassion
  • Friendship
  • Leadership
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There are number of different Australian Rotary Districts that support this program; however, if your school is interested, please contact your local Rotary Club
Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYEP)
The Rotary Youth Exchange Program enables young people the opportunity to experience a year of education overseas in variety countries. Students stay with host families throughout the exchange, which have been arranged by the hosting Rotary Club. Host families may or may not be members of Rotary, but they are always approved by Rotary.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
The purpose of Interact is to provide opportunities for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. Among its goals are the recognition and development of constructive leadership and personal integrity, the encouragement and practice of thoughtfulness and helpfulness to others, the recognition of the dignity and value of all occupations and the development of knowledge and understanding of community, national and world affairs.
National Youth Science Forum
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Our programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in STEM fields.
The flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12. Since 1984, more than 12,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program (including those run under the organisation’s previous banner, the National Science Summer School (NSSS)).
Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 20 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
A common comment at the end of every RYLA is “that was the best week of my life!” The skills and lessons learnt, the people met, the atmosphere and the fun all contributed to make this a great stepping-stone to your future. What do participants learn?
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Public Speaking skills
  • Personality types
  • Group dynamics
  • Relationships in all areas of life (work, personal)
  • Stress management skills
  • Short/long term goal setting
  • Characteristics of effective leaders
  • Various styles of leadership
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
RYPEN is developing leadership potential in today’s world, where there not always opportunities for teenagers to step outside their comfort zones and develop their potential. RYPEN aims to provide young Australians aged 15 to 18 (or in years 10 to 12) to gain confidence alongside their peers.
RYPEN achieves these aims through:
  • Providing an environment in which the participants can explore their own boundaries and gain a sense of self-understanding and self-reliance.
  • Challenging participants through active learning and problem solving activities designed to stretch the mental, Physical and social skill of the participants, both individually and within groups.
The program is run over two days, commencing on a Friday afternoon, and finishing mid-afternoon on the Sunday. Presently, two camps are held each year, with 24 participants, being the ideal number for each camp. The program offers variety of activities over the weekend, including a number of theory-based sessions that allow the participants to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in leadership, team building, problem solving, and creative thinking
Regional Youth Transition Seminar
RYTS is aimed at different age groups, have a different focus, but take similar forms as they are all intensively personal and contain different leadership development experiences for the participants.