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YOUNG ROTARY Rotary encourages young people to take part in activities and programmes, and specifically offers the chance for young people to develop personal skills and a better awareness of problems that face the world today. This is an opportunity to meet, work and have a great time with like-minded young people, guided and supported by Rotarians.

Interact - Youth clubs for young people aged 14 to 18 who work together to help others in the community and across the world, whilst having fun and excitement at the same time.

Rotaract - Fun, dynamic clubs for 18 to 30-year-olds, which enable members to meet new people, develop personal and professional skills and give something back to local and international communities.

TRAVEL Low cost subsidised Youth travel programmes are open to students aged 15 - 22. These holidays include activities such as camping, sailing, skiing, music, languages etc for both the able bodied and physically impaired. Short Term Exchanges provide students with an opportunity to have an exchange holiday with a student of their own age from a country of their choice. As Rotary has clubs in 166 countries, exchanges can be arranged all over the world.

For the more adventurous, Full School Year Exchanges are offered.

LIFE SKILLS Rotary organises a range of activities to help develop life skills in young people. There are five competitions designed to promote excellence in young people; Rotary Young Musician, Rotary Young Chef, Rotary Youth Speaks, Rotary Young Writer and the Rotary Design Award. Rotarians also assist school leavers by conducting mock interviews as well as supporting programmes such as Young Enterprise.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS Rotary's belief in young people extends to the personal development of leadership qualities. Since 1960, Rotary Clubs have held Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to further develop leaders of tomorrow. RYLAs are held in most districts of the Rotary world and usually consist of a residential course with physical activities, strategic team games and interactive lectures.

During the three days prior to start of the the Birmingham Convention, 110 graduates of RYLAs from around the world (including six from Great Britain and Ireland) having been specially selected by their local Rotary clubs will assemble at the Coton House Management and Conference Centre, Rugby to participate in an International RYLA. The attendees will discuss peace and conflict resolution, ethics in an international context as well as issues affecting our planet in their time-frame, such as clean water and climate change.

The fact that attendees are invited from all over the world raises the bar on such discussions and ensures that these excellent young leaders understand tomorrow's problems with a world-wide perspective. The course is funded by every Rotarian in the world and 14 specially selected tutors from Australia, Bangladesh, Greece, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, Britain and the USA will ensure a learning of true internationality.

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Date:Jun 16, 2009
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