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Youth Programs


'I wasn't too sure about going at first.. but I honestly had the time of my life, and I met some of the greatest people. I wish I could go back and do it over and over...Jacob

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a weekend camp, for young people who are between 15 and 17 and are in years 9, 10, and 11, where participants develop their potential through a mixture of lecture-style sessions and adventure-based learning.


RYPEN is designed for those students who just need a bit of a push and a confidence boost to start achieving their full potential.

During the weekend students are encouraged to: learn to understand themselves and others and manage their relationships, lives, work, and learning more effectively.


RYPEN provides an experience of ideas, problems, and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards

The next RYPEN camp will be at Doxa, Malmsbury Friday 22nd March - Sunday 24th March 2024.

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'I owe my career as a nuclear engineer to the NYSF and the generosity of Rotary District 9640. I attended the NYSF 2008 Year 12 Program in the physics track. I didn't know much about physics at the time but my high school physics teacher let me talk his ear off before and after class about the cool things I read in Cosmos magazine. Physics was the most challenging subject for me at school, so I thought I would pursue it. I'm glad I did' Sarah D


National Youth Science Forum

NYSF is a not-for-profit organization which offers a variety of immersive and transformative youth-led experiences promoting science and science-related areas. The programs encourage young people in their passion for science. The programs are conducted for students entering Year 12 in January each year.


The program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In addition to STEM workshops, participants also participate in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, science communication, working together effectively, and much 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.

Dates to be advised 2024



'That one week at RYLA shaped me in ways that are hard to describe, across all aspects of my personal and professional life. But most of all, I left with a raging desire to become a better leader and even move active and involved in my community.'...Rhett M.

Rotary Youth Leadership

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world?

RYLA is an inspiring program aimed at empowering Australia's next generation of superstars. Meet life changing people, be enthralled by inspiring stories and develop skills through challenges and activities that put your leadership into practice, in a supportive and encouraging environment.


Applicants are generally sponsored by a local Rotary or Rotaract Club or other organisation (e.g. employer) who may also be able to provide financial sponsorship to attend.  

The next RYLA to be advised for 2025



'MUNA was amazing and changed my life.  After MUNA I was so inspired that instead of following science as a career, I went on to do international politics'  - Participant


Model United Nations Assembly


For teams of Year 11-12 students, MUNA is a one day event that encourages them to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations (UN) while they develop debating skills and gain self-confidence in public speaking.


Teams of three students from Year 11 or Year 12 are preferred, but students from Year 10 may be accepted on request from schools, if space permits. The teams select a country; research its history, politics, economics, peoples, international alignment and policies in current world affairs.


MUNA is actually a United Nations initiative and MUNA events are held throughout the world. The winning team from Rotary District 9640 each year competes in the MUNA Nationals in Canberra in August

Date: 6th April 2024

Applications opening soon

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'Doing RYTS was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Before I went I had no idea what to expect but I took away so much more than I ever could have imagined. The week was so much fun and I learnt so many valuable lessons about myself, and life in general, along the way. Even though we were only together for a short time, I became so close to all the participants who went and consider them some of my best friends. The leaders were all so lovely and it was clear that they really cared about us and wanted us to take as much away from the camp as possible. I'm so grateful that I went and would encourage everybody to sign up as it truly is a life changing experience'


Rotary Youth Transition Seminar

RYTS is a transition program with the focus to assist the transition from one area of study into the next phase of life. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp for students who are in the senior years of school (Year 11-12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system.

Participants will hear from inspiring guest speakers and participate in activities that will challenge them on many different levels.

The next RYTS camp will be 2025

Dates to be advised

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Parkwood Rotary is committed to supporting , educating and assisting our Leaders of Tomorrow.

Rotary maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults through various scholarships and programs.  Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs. Because Rotary members volunteer to administer the programs, costs are kept low for students and their families

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 is Rotary’s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders and through our sponsorship of youth clubs and participation in youth programs our club is fully engaged in this goal.

If you would like to know more about any of these programs please contact
Mob: 0450119603 or submit your interest on the contact form below. 

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders.
Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills,
expand education and learn the value of service

 Interested or know someone who may be interested in any of our programs?

We welcome your enquiries.

Simply fill out your best contact details below

or P: 0451 119 603




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