Youth Programs Overview

Rotary District 9500 encourages young people up to the age of 30 years to improve their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognising the diversity of their needs. Many Rotary projects support the fundamental needs of our Youth namely, health, human values, education and self development.

Program Overview

Long Term Exchange Program

Students spend a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country. They learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and maybe even a new language. It’s one way to help bring the world closer and to make some good friends in the process.

Short Term Youth Exchange Program

Varies in length from several days to several weeks. Exchanges can be tailored to match students’ interests or to include tours of specific places or regions.


A service club for young people aged 18 to 30. Rotaract Clubs are either community of university based and sponsored by a local Rotary Club. Rotaract meets fortnightly.


A service club which enables young people aged 14 to 18 to work together in a world fellowship, dedicated to service and international understanding. Interact Clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs from the student body of single or several school. Interact meets fortnightly.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

The RYLA program offers the chance to help develop leaders by providing the opportunity for young 18 to 26 year old people to refine skills, explore pertinent topics with their peers and elders and share valuable expertise. It is a six-day experience.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN aims to provide young people (15-17 years) with the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, gain experience in problem solving and take control of their future. It is a two and a half day program.

Rotary Club Programs

SA Science and Engineering Challenge

‘The Challenge’ generates excitement about science, and engineering as a career path. Students gain an understanding of the value of team work, thinking outside the square, creativity and innovation.

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)

A program to help educate young people about Road Safety.

Rotary Supported Programs:

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

A 12 day program for students thinking of a career in science, engineering and technology. Participants gain a lifelong network of friends, colleagues and support groups throughout Australia.

The Science Experience

Students interested in science engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.