Rotary District 9640

Rotary recognises the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.  Our Rotary District is proud to support a range of programs for youth aged 14-29 years of age that cover the areas of leadership & development, international exchange & awareness and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  Read below for a summary of the programs we support and click on the links for more details or to apply.

Leadership & Development

Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS)
January | Year 11-12 or Ages 17-18
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

January | Ages 19-29
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
January | Year 8-10 or Ages 14-16

International Exchange & Awareness

Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP)
Open | Ages 15-17
Virtual Exchange Program

Ongoing | Ages 14-17
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
April | Year 11-12


National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
January | Year 12
The Santos Science Experience (TSSE)

July | Year 9-10
Engineering Summer School (ESS)
December | Year 11 (NSW students only)


Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
Next Camp: 3-5 May 2024
Cost: TBC
RYPEN is a residential camp that takes place over 2.5 days. for school students aged between 14-16 (Year 8-10) that focuses on the development of self-concept, relationships, and is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.
Rotary Youth Transition Seminar
Next Camp: 9 - 14 January 2024
Cost: $725
RYTS is a transition program with the focus to assist the transition from one area of study into the next phase of life. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp for students who are in the senior years of school (Year 11-12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Next Camp: 23 - 28 January 2024
Cost: $725 + $50 deposit
RYLA is a personal, professional development seminar program for young people aged between 19-29. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp. It focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as building self-awareness of mental health and well-being, knowledge of a sense of community and a sense of belonging.


Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Next Program: Commencing soon
Cost: Varies depending on location
YEP provides opportunity for long and short-term international exchange with another country for students 15 to 17 years old to immerse themselves in another culture, learn a new language, and develop their skills as leaders and global citizens.  Students are hosted by a local Rotary club, attend school in their host country for up to a full academic year, and stay with one or more host families for that period.
Rotary Virtual Youth Exchange
Next Program: Ongoing
Cost: TBC
Provides the opportunity to be paired with a student and their family abroad for a virtual Rotary Youth Exchange Program for between 8-12 weeks. Participants will get an insight into the life and culture of a student living in another country from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Model United Nations Assembly
Next Program: 6 April 2024
Cost: TBC
For teams of Year 11-12 students, MUNA is a one day event that encourages them 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.


National Youth Science Forum
Next Program: January 2024
Cost: $2,850
NYSF is a not-for-profit organization which offers a variety of immersive and transformative youth-led experiences promoting science and science-related areas. The programs are conducted for students entering Year 12 in January each year.
The Santos Science Experience (TSSE)
Next Program: 4 - 6 July 2023
Cost: $210
Externally facilitated, TSSE provides 3-4 days hands on science participation at top universities and tertiary institutions for students of Years 9-10. It is designed to provide students, who have an interest in science, the opportunity to engage in a wide range of hands on science activities under the guidance of scientists who are dedicated science professionals.
Engineering Summer School (ESS)
Next Program: TBC
Cost: TBC
Externally facilitated over 5 days, ESS brings together students who are about to enter their final year of high school (Year 12) in NSW and ACT. It provides students with the opportunity to aid them in their decision of which engineering discipline and university they wish to study.