Youth Service


The Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye has a strong commitment to Youth Service which recognises the importance of empowering our young people, whatever their stage in life, to assist them to realise their potential. The Youth Service Team, led by Neil Stitt, also includes Jo McPherson, Libby Wilson and Claire Burns. 

Currently, our club supports the following projects:

• Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA offers a memorable opportunity for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Participants have included university students, trades people, firemen and teachers. This outstanding personal development program enables access to professional guidance and a personal development program which incorporates

* Leadership/Management,

* Citizenship,

* Team Building/Motivation,

* Communications/Public Speaking, and

* Personal Confidence.

Those who complete the RYLA program are generally better able to successfully manage their own lives and careers.

• Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN is a specialised program for young people 14 - 17 years, designed to cultivate and develop the inherent strengths of young people, hence the motto, “The cultivation of youth”.


The program was inpired by an idea of Rotarian David Southern who wanted young people to have the opportunity to experience a weekend camp promoting self-confidence, communication skills and for them to develop an understanding and tolerance of others. Key speakers, activities, workshops and team building exercises assist participants to foster a design to be decision makers and future leaders. This experience is ideally for young people who would benefit from being able to develop their personal qualities and skills in an off-campus social atmosphere.

. Rotary's Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

Model United Nations Assembly or MUNA is all about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding in the minds of our youth and is open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The purpose of MUNA is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self confidence in public speaking. The resolutions to be debated are based on some actually debated by the UN as well as some proposed by the teams. The debates reproduce genuine UN debates often with a fine flow of rhetoric, points of order, motions of dissent and bloc walkouts!

MUNA challenges our youth to respect and tolerate differences of race, religion and nationalism whilst retaining their own individualism and the best of their national traditions.


• National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

A residential 12-day residential forum, encourages identified young people in careers in science. During the forum, the students visit laboratories and other science-related worksites, and participate in seminars and workshops where they meet some of our leading scientists.  Said by students to be 'life changing', by supporting this program, our Rotary Club assists local students interested in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.).  NYSF also exposes participants to a whole new world beyond their school opportunities and potential career opportunities.


Science Experience


Years 9 and 10 Students from Rosebud Secondary College participate in a 'Science Experience' at Swinburne University each September. It is aimed at introducing students to university life, enhance engagement through the year levels and encourage more students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)  in the senior secondary years and in future years.  

Local School Awards


To acknowledge and encourage students, student awards are contributed each year to assist to contribute to the cost of education fees (general education and music tuition) to students as selected by staff members, at Rye Primary School, Tootgarook Primary School, Eastbourne Primary School, Rosebud Primary School, and Boneo Primary School. In addition 4 'merit' scholarships are presented to students at Rosebud Secondary College, along with scholarships for students suffering financial hardship.  

Young Change Agents

Rotary Rosebud-Rye is working in partnership with Young Change Agents, to bring the YCA program to schools across the Peninsula. The aim is to make it easy for schools and teachers to introduce and embed entrepreneurial learning and design thinking. 

The YCA program empowers young people to identify problems within their community, reframe these as opportunities and develop solutions with an entrepreneurial lens.  Community members work together with the students through this most interesting and enlightening process.