Youth Service Programs Offered

Rotary Youth Exchange

12 month secondary school exchanges between students, sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 9800 and Rotary Clubs in other districts overseas. The objective is to provide a unique and effective Rotary supported educational and cultural opportunity, whilst promoting goodwill, peace and understanding. Students aimed 15-17 years.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

A weeklong residential program conducted annually for 18-25 year olds and is aimed at encouraging and developing leadership, personal development and social skills. RYLA provides opportunities for young people to come together to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and abilities of others.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN is a program for Year 10 and Year 11 students. Students attend a weekend camp, designed to develop their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. It aims to communicate a series of ideas, problems and social experiences that will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards.

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

This international youth program simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. The program extends over a weekend at Camp Getaway at Axedale and it is chaired and judged by Rotarians.

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

A program for students who are completing Year 11 thinking of pursuing a science based career are eligible to be nominated. It is fully residential over 12 days in January each year in Canberra. Students apply through online applications and Rotary Clubs complete interviews for nominated applicants.

The Science Experience

Three or four days of hands-on science program in universities and tertiary institutions for Year 9 and 10 students. It is implemented by participating universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. There is no selection process and students only need to obtain endorsement from their local Rotary Club.


Interact is Rotary Internationals service Club for young people aged 12-18 years. Interact Clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact Clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.


Earlyact is a service Club for primary school students and is sponsored by a local Rotary Club. Earlyact clubs strive to promote goodwill, understanding and peace through the active participation of their student members, so that with committed citizenship and effective leadership they may improve the quality of life of their school, local and global communities.

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