Youth Education and Health
Focus on Youth: Some of the ways we like to support young people…
Time for Kids has a mission to create opportunities for children to achieve their full potential by providing volunteer care, enriching experiences and positive role models that support them in overcoming disadvantage. This Adelaide based not for profit organisation was established in 1960 to prevent disadvantaged children from entering the juvenile justice system. The Time for Kids program matches children in need with individuals who play a significant role in their life over many years. Each year over 100 children are supported by volunteer care placements. Hundreds more are provided with community activities and events which brighten their childhood. Our Club has a feeling of pride – to put a smile on kid’s faces! More information can be found here.
The Science & Engineering Challenge is an outreach program to encourage students in years 9 & 10 to continue study science, engineering, technology and maths subjects through years 11 & 12. Thus, enabling them to undertake later tertiary level courses in science and engineering that leads to an exciting future career. Reporting shows that the program works and interest in STEM subjects has risen. The Rotary Club of Adelaide is a leading partner in operating the Science and Engineering Challenge in South Australia and has done so for many years, managing a committee including our members and representatives of all three SA universities. Our Club has been intimately involved from the beginning and this year the Challenge attracted some 3,000 participants at venues across the state. More information can be found here.
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. NYSF is a 12-day program designed for Year 11 students undertaking Year 12 in the following year. Their programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields. Since 1984, more than 11,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program.
The program is for students interested in pursuing a career in science, engineering and technology. It is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields. More information can be found here.
RYLA is a life changing experience, it has the capacity to instil, motivate and develop future leaders in one of the most intensive leadership experiences for young people available in South Australia. During an annual 7-day residential program for 18 – 26 year olds, participants get involved in topics such as: leadership and personality styles, working in teams, self-belief, conflict management, goal setting and public speaking. Speakers and program leaders leave awardee participants feeling motivated and inspired. The team leaders also complement the experience, through informal activities (fun) and support. The Rotary Club of Adelaide sponsors attendees to the event and supports some of the activities. A key outcome of RYLA, is that it allows awardees to form networks and friendships amongst a diverse range of like-minded youth, including those from an international background. More information can be found here.
RYPEN is a 3-day residential program for 14 - 17 year olds from diverse backgrounds, empowering them to make positive change in their community and their lives. Conducted annually this program develops and empowers today's youth. It takes the form of a conference with activities and the guest speakers and youth team leaders to inspire participants through topics of self-belief, working in teams, managing conflict, public speaking and goal setting. RYPEN provides a safe, encouraging environment for self-development and increased self-confidence, whilst networking with like-minded peers. The program also Introduces young leaders to Rotary programs and develops awareness of other leadership opportunities within Rotary and the community. Our Club assists with this program and sponsors participants who we identify as young people who could benefit from the activity. More information can be found here.
YMCA SA Youth Parliament is an apolitical program that empowers young people to be advocates for their community. It’s about personal development, youth leadership and connecting politicians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions. Every year, young leaders come together to learn about public speaking, parliamentary etiquette, bill development and youth advocacy. They share their big ideas, discuss the challenges facing South Australia and create solutions in the form of Youth Bills. They debate the Youth Bills in Parliament House which are then given to our politicians. That's real-world impact. Running for 20 years, so far, more than one thousand Youth Parliamentarians have gone through the program. That's hundreds of young leaders with valuable leadership skills, Parliamentary knowledge and the confidence to share their ideas for a better world. More information can be found here
The Sir Charles Bright Scholarships are awarded to people with a disability, to undertake further education at a university, TAFE or other recognised post - secondary educational institution. In memory of Sir Charles Bright, a former judge of the Supreme Court, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and Chairman of Minda, they were established when Sir Charles died in 1983. Malcolm Penn OAM a blind lawyer, and seen here, thought there should be some form of lasting recognition. Scholarships, each valued at $1500, are presented annually during February/March. Demand for scholarships saw major organisations invited to be involved. For many years now, the Royal society for the Blind, Guide Dogs SA/NT, Paraplegic-quadriplegic association, the Brain Foundation, SCOSA and Multiple Sclerosis Society, together with 5RPH1197AM, have all provided scholarships, designated for particular students. The Sir Charles Bright Scholarship is administered by a Board of Trustees Chaired by our Past President John Seaton.