Youth Services


Congratulations to RYPEN Participants May 2024     

Youth Service team member Geoff Inman introduced Adam Yappo and Maya Yarran, who were Karrinyup Rotary's participants in the May 2024 Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). This program is for Year 10 students, who have leadership potential, demonstrate other positive personal attributes, who are community minded and are actively involved in the community. In thanking the club, the students spoke positively about their experience saying that they had gained new skills to help them in their roles as leaders at the Edmund Rice Centre. Applications for the next RYPEN camp in September are now open. Contact Youth Director Eddy for more information.


RYPEN 2024-2025     

Do you know a young person, who would benefit from RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment)? This weekend camp is for 14 to 17 year olds, with a focus on “Fun with a Purpose” to develop skills around team work, communication, goal setting and problem solving. Participants are encouraged to push their boundaries and challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Karrinyup Rotary will again fund this program. The next RYPEN camp is from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September 2024. Applications close with Karrinyup Rotary 9 August. Contact Youth Director Eddy for further information.


Introducing Viktoria (Viki)     

Karrinyup Rotary has a long history of Rotary Youth Exchange and is excitedly looking forward to meeting our second Inbound exchange student since COVID terminated the program in 2020. At the end of July, we will welcome 15-year-old Viki from Austria. During the year she will stay with four different host families. Her first family wil be Kay and Peter Durrant. She will attend Warwick SHS. Her hobbies are volleyball, tennis, guitar, reading, drawing and crafts. She has also expressed an interest in cooking, swimming, surfing and sailing. Club members are encouraged to invite her for meals and/or to participate in family outings, most especially during the early weeks, when she has yet to make friends. In this way, she can get to know us better. Contact her mentor Trish Lynch to organise.

National Youth Science Forum 2025     

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12. Since 1984, more than 14,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program. Rotary districts across Australia conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF. Karrinyup Rotary usually sponsors students, who are expected to share their experience with the club on their return. Applications for January 2025 are now open. Students should apply online via this link.


2024 National Youth Science Forum     

As part of our Youth Service, Karrinyup Rotary again sponsored two students to attend the 2024 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Eddy Giacomel introduced our 2024 students Daniel Stait from Warwick SHS and Purva Patel from Churchlands SHS. In their presentations, the students each described their experience at NYSF, an annual program which brings together hundreds of Year 12 students from all around Australia. The program is designed to encourage young people in their passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


Bon Voyage, Ewan!     

Last weekend, President Kay Durrant - Youth Director - Trish Lynch and Youth Director Elect - Eddy Giocomel, were at the International Airport to farewell our first post-Covid Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Ewan - as he set off for the adventure of a lifetime with the Rotary Club Lüdinghausen and Rotary Youth Exchange District 1900. He was met by the President of his host club and his first host family. Previous students sponsored by our club have had wonderful experiences with this District, so we know he is in good hands and we look forward to watching his adventures unfold.

Let's Explore the World - First Six Months     

Karrinyup Rotary's 2023-2024 Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound student from Poland, Karolina has now been with us for six months. She gave an extended report telling us it has been a lot of fun and how much she has learned. Her time has been filled with amazing people, new homes, new adventures and new amazing friends for life. There have been so many firsts, including surfing lessons, Christms away from home, a selfie with a quokka and loads of photos to record her experiences. Check out the pdf of her presentation.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2024     

RYLA is an intensive eight-day program designed for 18-28 year olds with leadership potential and a commitment to community service. This a unique opportunity aimed to bring participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them to think outside the square, while actively using and building on their existing skills and knowledge. RYLA 2024 will be held at the Serpentine Camping Centre from Saturday 6th January – Saturday 13th January 2024. Karrinyup Rotary prefers to sponsor young people who are already volunteering in the community. Contact Trish Lynch.


Congratulations Caleb - 2024 WA Rhodes Scholar     

In 2018, our club sponsored Caleb from Warwick SHS to participate in the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) program. From there he continued to excel, becoming Dux at WSHS and during his university studies was selected to spend a month in Israel, working alongside PhD students at the Weizmann Institute. Caleb updated the club at the end of his first university year. He has now been named 2024 WA Rhodes Scholar. Well done Caleb - we are very happy to have been just a tiny part of your journey!


RYLA and RYPEN in Rotary WA     

Youth Director Trish Lynch introduced new District 9423 RYLA and RYPEN Chair, Ian Ball (RC Como), who addressed the club on the benefits and operation of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). Ian explained how the programs will work going forward following the merge of the two districts to Rotary WA. Karrinyup Rotary has long been a supporter of both programs and this year had three participants in the RYPEN program. We also directed funding support towards the RYLA camp, when our participant was unable to attend.


Future Leaders Activity Assistance     

Karrinyup Rotary Youth Services has set aside funds for financial assistance for young people from families in need to attend Girl Guides, Scouts or similar pursuits (other than sports). The scholarship will cover the annual fees to be a member and participate in a youth development activity. Western Australia resident children aged 5 to 18 years participating, or wishing to participate in approved activities, whose parents/guardian have a Health Care/Pension Concession Card or members of Ukrainian refugee families are eligible.


Local Youth Organisation Training Grant     

Currently the Rotary Club of Karrinyup Youth Services group has a small budget to provide funding for local youth organisation volunteers, who reside or volunteer in 'our patch'. The purpose is for them to complete initial or refresher training to gain or maintain such qualifications as Senior First Aid, Mental Health First Aid or Bronze Medallion, that they may require to perform their volunteer role.


Alta1 Graduation 2022     

Alta-1 offers learning pathways to disengaged students across Australia. Alternative education programs – in class and online – deliver solutions that include community involvement, therapeutic support and education outcomes. In recognition of the support Karrinyup Rotary provided to Alta 1 School in Mullaloo during the year, Tess Gardner and Geoff Inman were invited to attend the 2022 Graduation Night at the Mullaloo campus.


Alta-1 Wellness Day 2022     

Alta-1 offers learning pathways to disengaged students across Australia. Children come into the Alta-1 program because they have been damaged by trauma. Teachers at the ConnectEd Middle School Campus in Perth felt there was a need for a day that provided practical skills and learning in a fun environment, as many of the students are in need of support with basic day to day living skills. Another Wellness Day was held recently with Karrinyup Rotary again providing support.


Stan Perron Award to Warwick SHS Student     

Past District Governor Fred Marsh (RC Scarborough) made a belated presentation to Abdiwahab Hillow from our link school Warwick SHS, winner of an inaugural Stan Perron Award. Abdiwahab was nominated by his school as a student, who met all the criteria. The award seeks students, who excel both academically and at sport, make a contribution to the school community service and who emulate the elements of Rotary’s Four Way Test in their relationship with their teachers and fellow students. The award provides a medal and a scholarship of $500 towards further education.