Youth – New generations
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 we enabled a young man who was legally blind (less than 10% eyesight) and he had an amazing time. The leaders found him to be an inspiration for all.
• Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
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
The Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye has supported Rosebud Secondary College participation in the World Challenge for the past two years and will again provide a group donation to the value of $5,700 in 2014. It has become very popular within the school. For the next trip 19 students will depart mid year to undertake volunteering experience in a new orphanage in Cambodia. Students are required to go through an interview process and if selected must undertake fund raising activities to cover their costs of $5,700. 19 out of the 48 students applicants have been selected.
• National Youth Science Forum
The Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye recognizes the importance and contribution of science to the world at large. In the past we have sponsored many students and will continue to do so. NYSF provides an opportunity to meet some of our leading scientists as well as exposing participants to a whole new world beyond their school opportunities and potential career opportunities.
Our latest local participant is Declan Wain from Rosebud S.C. who was our guest speaker on Tuesday 8th April. After presenting a detailed report to our members, Declan posted his report here for all to read.
• Science Experience
A large group of students from Rosebud Secondary College are given the opportunity to attend the Science Experience at Swinburne University in September. Following their experience they report back to members about their experiences.
We actively support the local Mornington Peninsula Shire Literacy initiative-Literacy Villages, through participation in and promotion of, their mission to provide key messages for the development of literacy to the community. Our target age range is 0-6years.
The focus of the project is to heighten community awareness of the importance of literacy – in particular the development of oral language which in turn contributes to the ability to read and the vital role of children being read to. A key strategy is Book Swap Boxes located at strategic places (Hospital, Bendigo Banks and Seawinds Hub) in Rosebud, Dromana and Sorrento. A small band of volunteers maintain the supply of books for families to take and read-free.
• Local School Scholarships.
We funded 20 student scholarships to contribute to the cost of education fees (general education and music tuition) to Rye Primary School, Tootgarook Primary School, Eastbourne Primary School, Rosebud Secondary College, Dromana Secondary College and Padua.
Our club also has two special scholarships honoring past people. 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.
The second special scholarship, known as the Ann Palmer Award was awarded by our Federal member of parliament Greg Hunt, as a tribute to this teacher who had a profound impact on the pursuit of his political career.
• Rye Yacht Club Sailing Program.
We funded a request from the Rye Yacht Club for the purchase of a small training yacht to the value of $3000 as we believe this is a very worthwhile program for local children. This wonderful program is growing and the club has agreed to further fund the cost for another training yacht ($3000). As the numbers of children participating in the program are increasing, another slightly larger training yacht is required to meet increased number and extend the yachting skills of participants.
• the Attitude Books Project.
A new initiative in 2013 was the bulk purchase of ‘A for Attitude’ written by Julie Davey, a former member of our club. Each year since, we have supported this program in our six local schools by giving every Year 3 student a copy of this internationally distributed book, to help them with strategies when dealing with difficult personal situations. Again in 2017, our local schools – Eastbourne, Rosebud, Tootgarook, Rye, Boneo and Our Lady of Fatima Primary Schools will receive a visit from the author Julie Davey who personally presents a copy to each student.