The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) 

RYPEN assists young Australians aged 14 – 17 to:

  • develop a greater sense of self-awareness,
  • appreciate diversity in society, and
  • realise their own and other’s potential. 

RYPEN provides opportunities and challenges for these young people to review themselves and where they are in life, and the direction they are headed. It is a two-day residential programme under the leadership of Rotarians and past participants. 

RYPEN achieves this by:

  • providing an environment in which participants can explore their own boundaries  and gain a sense of self-understanding and self-reliance
  • Challenging participants through active learning and problem solving activities designed to stretch the mental, physical and social skills both individually and within groups

The program offers a variety of activities over a weekend including a number of theory based sessions that allow participants to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in leadership, team building, problem solving and creative thinking. They also learn about personality types and understanding others. These sessions are balances with games, activities and a major outdoor challenge that gives them the opportunity to put into practice the skills learnt in theory sessions. 

Many of the activities are done working in small teams under the guidance from a member of the Leadership Committee. This enables participants who are quieter than their counterparts to interact with a smaller group of people, and is often successful in creating greater self awareness in team members. 

Participants are sponsored by a Rotary club to which they are invited after the workshop so they can report on the benefits gained through participation. At this club it is a dinner meeting with a large audience. 

The Rotary Club of Wynnum & Manly represents just 2% of the ‘footprint’ within the Rotary District, yet provides more than 15% of the participants toward this Youth Program