Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

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Vision: To develop leadership potential in youth from diverse backgrounds through residential programs, empowering them to make positive change in their communities; sponsored by Rotary and run for youth, by youth

1. Develop leadership skills in youth
2. Deliver engaging sessions in areas of leadership, self development, team work, conflict management, public speaking, time management, goal setting and other areas of professional development
3. Provide a safe, encouraging environment for self development and increased self confidence whilst networking with like-minded peers
4. Introduce young leaders to Rotary programs and give awareness of other leadership opportunities within Rotary

What is RYPEN?

RYPEN is an annual 3 day residential leadership camp for 14-17 year olds sponsored by the Rotary Clubs within Rotary International District 9500 (SA/NT). This Rotary Youth Services program develops and empowers the youth of today. Our guest speakers and youth team leaders inspire awardees on topics like self-belief, working in teams, managing conflict, public speaking and goal setting. The event also allows networking between a diverse range of like-minded youth.

When and where will the camp be held this year?

RYPEN starts on Friday (mid afternoon) 6th-Sunday (late afternoon) 8th April 2018 – it is essential to attend for the full duration of the weekend. More detailed information will be provided in confirmation emails to all participants in the lead up to the leadership camp.

RYPEN will be held in the picturesque setting of Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, South Australia. Awardees will be picked up and dropped off from either Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre or Franklin Street Bus Station, Adelaide by coach.

Who should attend RYPEN?

14-17 year olds  involved in their local communities who have not previously attended RYPEN. Participants can be nominated by others or nominate themselves to attend through registering their interest via the link below.

How much will RYPEN cost?

Each participant on RYPEN is sponsored by a Rotary Club for the full cost of  attendance ($350) – you will need to organise your own transport to and from the drop off and pick points listed above.

You may have heard about RYPEN through a Rotary club contact and if so, you will be asked to list that club in the registration process. If not, the organising committee will seek to match you to a Rotary club to be sponsored. Your attendance at the camp can only be confirmed once this match has been made.

You can assist this process by making direct contact with a Rotary club in your area – please email ryla-rypen@rotary9500.org with the suburb you live in and we can advise you of your local club and advise the club of your interest.

How do I register to attend RYPEN?

Registrations for 2018 will close on 30 March 2018. There are a limited number of places, so this date may change if places fill sooner. 

Follow this link to register your interest in attending RYPEN in 2018:

http://e.mybookingmanager.com/RYPEN 2018 Participant Registration

If you are a club representative wishing to register your club’s interest in sponsoring a RYPEN participant, please follow this link to register your club in 2018:

http://e.mybookingmanager.com/RYPEN 2018 Club Sponsorship

What past RYPEN awardees thought of RYPEN:

‘it was the best 3 days of the year’

‘this was an excellent experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. At first I was shocked by the diversity of cultures coming from the sheltered rural area I am from, but it was a great experience to meet so many like-minded people. So thank you!’

RYPEN has been an incredible experience, coming here and not knowing anyone and feeling so included and in such a supportive environment. I want to say thankyou to Rotary’

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world’  Anne Frank

If you have any queries please contact RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee Team Leader Lucia Gauci (Rotary Club of Prospect) at  ryla-rypen@rotary9500.org

RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee:

Lucia Gauci (Team Leader) – Rotary Club of Prospect

Ynyr Hughes (Secretary) – Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully

Rob Eley (District Chair of Youth Services) – Rotary Club of Gawler Light

DGE David Egan  (District Management Committee Rep)
Rotary Club of Adelaide

Melany Hughes – Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully

Mike Stevens – Rotary Club of Playford

Steve McLachlan – Rotary Club of Gawler Light

Damien Walker (Coordinator) – Rotaract Club of Salisbury City

Kaz Bahmanzadah (Assistant Coordinator) – Rotaract Club of Salisbury City