RYPEN (ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAM FOR ENRICHMENT)
Teenagers today benefit greatly from opportunities to develop “life skills” and motivation to help them cope with the challenges of a very competitive future.
Pressure is put on students to perform academically and their results are the benchmark of success. However other skills are needed for the next stage of a student’s growth, be that further education or the workplace.
Who is Eligible?
Full-time students 14 to 17 years of age, who would normally be in years 9, 10 and 11.
RYPEN targets everyday young adults who have not yet experienced leadership positions. We are not looking for either high achievers or teenagers with behavioural problems.
Outcomes for Participants
RYPEN aims to deliver the following outcomes:
• Increased motivation and improved life skills.
• Better self-image and more pride in themselves.
• An understanding of setting and achieving goals.
• The confidence to overcome failure and take control of their future. Outcomes for Rotary Clubs
RYPEN has separate outcomes for participating Rotary Clubs:
• Fills a niche in the teenage market.
• Reiterates Rotary’s commitment to youth.
• Good “bridge” to RYLA.
• Great opportunity to build relationship with local schools.
• Provides a good news media story.
RYPEN runs from a Friday evening to the following Sunday afternoon..
RYPEN is an intensive program, consisting of plenary sessions, workshops and sport and entertainment activities.
Participants will be given an opportunity to learn from achievers in the worlds of business, sport and entertainment. Presenters will speak at keynote sessions and workshops and share their experiences with participants, while emphasizing the need to work hard and stay focused.
At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds and improving their teamwork skills.
All this is done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debates are encouraged.
Selected participants are sponsored by their local Rotary club.
Further details are available from RYPEN Chairman
For District 9780 the RYPEN program is usually held in March /April Applications are sent to schools in February.
REFER TO DISTRICT WEBSITE (www.rotary9780.org/) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON RYPEN CAMPS FOR DSTRICT 9780.
For more information on New generations programmes see the Youth Information Booklet