Youth Service

Our Youth Service program aims to enhance opportunities for both
high-achieving and marginalised young people. Our major activities 
are listed: 
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
NYSF assists Grade 12 students wishing to follow careers in science, 
engineering and technology by providing an insight into the 
world of science and establishing valuable contacts in the science 
industry and universities. The forum provides participants with 
personal development. Duration is 14 days in January of each year. 
Applications are accepted from Year 11 students through their 
school by mid May (to attend the forum in the following January). 
Information is available from the NYSF web site: 
Rotary Education Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP is a local club initiative to provide financial assistance and 
mentoring support to students with demonstrated academic 
potential. The Club supports a student in Year 11 and one in Year 
12 subject to satisfactory results. Assistance is provided by way 
of reimbursement for textbooks, uniforms, etc (up to $600 per 
year) and mentoring (the club appoints a counselor to support the 
student). Schools nominate a prospective Grade 10 student towards 
the end of Year 10 and Club representatives interview the student, 
parents and a school representative. The Award is announced and 
presented at the end-of-year school function or at a club meeting.
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)
RYDA is a half-day road safety program for Year 11 students, many 
of whom already have a learner's driving licence. It consists of a 
series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the 
way young people think about road safety. As part of an interactive 
one-day experience, students experience braking at different 
speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real 
world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect
themselves, their friends and family. Perhaps the most impactful 
moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival. In 
one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the 
life and tragic death of an 18-year-old provisional driver and her 
best friend. In another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-
hand how one poor choice can change a life forever. 
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC)
This week-long Adventure for Year 11 students takes place in 
Canberra in May each year during budget week. It includes visits 
to Parliament House, the High Court of Australia, the Museum of 
Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Capital 
Exhibition, the Australian War Memorial, the Royal Military College, 
Duntroon, the Australian Institute of Sport, Government House, 
Yarralumla, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Embassy 
of the United States of America. Meetings are also arranged with 
the Governor-General and members of Parliament including each 
student's own member. For further information visit the web site
Car Maintenance Program
The course provides young people with a basic knowledge and 
understanding of the mechanical components of a motor vehicle as 
well as some skills in elementary vehicle maintenance. Duration is 
one night a week for 12 weeks commencing in the second half of 
the year. The course targets persons aged 16 to 18 years but some 
older persons also attend.
ConocoPhillips Science Experience
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun three-days of 
science activities for students in Year 9 who will be entering Year 
10 the following year. Applications are made through the student's 
school in May each year. For further information, visit web site
Rotary Youth Citizenship Awards (RYCA)
Citizenship awards are presented to Year 7 students at 11 local 
primary schools at the end of the school year. The awards are in 
the form of a framed Rotary certificate and a $50 book voucher. An 
inscription is placed in the book when it has been chosen.