Johanna de Vries, showed by example the benefits of the Rotary Youth Exchange and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) when she recently spoke to the club at a dinner meeting about her personal experience with Rotary programs. She has recently returned from representing District 9780 at the world conference for iRYLA at Montreal, Canada as one of 130 participants from 30 countries. A compelling speaker, she illustrated how RYLA helps young people develop by addressing the personal issues in change. A graduate of Ballarat University, she is employed as a youth worker with Open Family Australia.
Two students from Year-9 at Manor Lakes P-12 College have taken the memories and contacts they made at youth weekend camp back to their school and families. Both girls were obviously enthusiastic about their experience and how they can apply some of the things they learned. Manor Lakes P-12 College is in interesting phase of its development as the current Year-9 students will be the senior students for another three years as the school progressively builds to its full scope of year levels. Our Rotary club was very keent invest in these students as they are setting the standards for the students who will follow them. The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) aims to give students the confidence to stand out and trust their values and views. Co-ordinator, of Youth Programs in the Rotary Club, Heather Willson, said it was important for Rotary to help raise up high quality young leaders in the newer suburbs like Wyndham Vale where many oung people are coming together for the first time. Wyndham Rotary Club is keen to hear from local students (and their parents) who are interested in attending a RYPEN camp and more details are available at the RYPEN website (click here for details)
In March and October each year our Rotary club sponsors two Year 10-11 students on a weekend leadership camp at Camp Weekaway. They join 40 – 60 students from around Melbourne and Bendigo area for a weekend of fun and stepping out of their comfort zone. Called the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), young leaders challenge the students in teams through a series of crazy exercises. My experience is that each group of students arrive shy and nervous about the weekend but return home ecstatic at the experience. Students in the City of Wyndham can check out the camp at the Rotary District 9800 RYPEN website and contact our club if they are interested in attending. The camp is free to the students and Rotarians supply travel to and from the camp.