Youth Projects



Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)


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.

During an intensive residential weekend, young people aged approximately 15 to 16 years will develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds, and different parts of our district, improving their teamwork skills and having fun!! All this done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debates are encouraged.

In an exciting development, we now offer two RYPEN Camps and an increased number of places. We now have the best of both worlds – a camp at the Narrabeen Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation in summer, and a camp in the beautiful Blue Mountains in winter.


Which students

  • Full time students from years 9/10
  • Students who have undeveloped potential
  • Students are welcome from both the public and private sector
  • This program is aimed towards students who need a helping hand to develop leadership, initiative and responsibility skills
  • Contact your local high school Year 9 Adviser or School Counsellors
  • Clubs are encouraged to commit to TWO students from each school
  • We aim at equal numbers of male and female students

Students Achieve

  • Improved leadership skills in a non-threatening environment
  • Increased motivation and improved life skills
  • Improved self-image and pride
  • Develop an understanding of setting and achieving goals
  • Increased confidence to overcome problems and take control of their future.