Youth and Student Services
The Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye has a strong commitment to Youth Service which recognizes the importance of empowering our young people, whatever their stage in life, to assist them to realise their potential.
Currently, our club supports:–
• Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
RYLA offers a memorable opportunity for young people between the ages of 18 and 28 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
* 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. In 2013 our club sponsored a young man who was legally blind (less than 10% eyesight) and, not only did he had an amazing time, but the leaders found him to be an inspiration for all.
• Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
RYPEN is a specialized program designed to cultivate and develop the inherent strengths of young people, hence the motto, “The cultivation of youth”.
Developed in Australia in 1980, camps are now held in all Rotary Districts in Australia.
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.
• Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
Rotary Model United Nations Assembly or MUNA is all about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding in the minds of our youth. 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.
• World Challenge
A biannual student-led expedition event for Year 10 and Year 11 students, the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye has supported Rosebud Secondary College students' participation in the World Challenge. Students undertake the itinerary planning, budget management, group leadership and participate in a two-day training expedition to learn all the basic skills to keep them fit, healthy and engaged for their overseas Volunteering projects in e.g. India. It is very popular within the school, and participants have shared how they have a deeper appreciation for many things they once took for granted.
• 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, the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye recognises 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
Approx. 20 students from Years 9 and 10 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 Scholarships.
To acknowledge and encourage students, a total of 20 student scholarships 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.
We have a wonderful scholarship created in honor of Yoko Miyazaki, Australia’s first exchange student from Japan, who stayed with the club and attended Rosebud Secondary College in 1962. This scholarship was the vision of a past Rotarian, blinded in the second world war in battle with the Japanese. It was his desire to ‘build a bridge’ and unite the two countries.