RYPEN READY: Rotary district chairman Bevan Rose, applicant Kaitlyn Read and incoming Rotary president Julie Robinson discuss the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.
RYPEN READY: Rotary district chairman Bevan Rose, applicant Kaitlyn Read and incoming Rotary president Julie Robinson discuss the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. Paul Braven

Rotary youth camp set to boost teens' life skills

THIS year is the first year the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment will be held in Gladstone and the group is calling for applicants.

The two-day camp, which will be held at Tanyalla Recreation and Conference Centre at Tannum Sands from April 10-12, is open to kids from the 9570 district.

The district extends from Mackay to Longreach and Hervey Bay to the south, with 49 clubs in total.

No-one better understands the benefits of the program than Rotary district chairman Bevan Rose.

"It will be my first time running the program after more than 40 years involved with the organisation," he said.

"I've found Rotary programs to be so valuable personally, and quite life changing for a young person, so I can't wait for the kids to experience that."

Incoming Rotary president Julie Robinson said the program was for the "average joe".

"You don't have to be the smartest kid in the school, just want to seek more confidence, self esteem and leadership skills," she said.

"The aim is to help them flourish into young adults and through that they will make friends for life."

Toolooa State High already has two students that are keen participants, one being school captain Kaitlyn Read.

"What I'm looking forward to most is meeting a whole new group of people and networking," she said.

"I'm also excited to gain some new leadership skills and have some idea bouncing sessions."

Kaitlyn said she would encourage anyone who had thought about it to give it a go.

"Just go for it, if you don't apply you'll never know what you could've learnt," she said.

Kaitlyn's mother, Natasha, was the one who encouraged the 16-year-old student to apply for the program.

"I recognised that this was something that she and others can grow from," she said.

"The different perspective will be invaluable."

RYPEN:

  • There will be multiple guest speakers during the two days who will cover such topics as bullying, first aid, youth suicide, exercise and life skills.
  • Currently 20 youths have applied, with full capacity at 40.
  • Contact Bevan for more information by emailing 1415rypen@rotary9570.org or phone 0417 602 150.


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