Young Leaders in the Community
The Rotary Club of Carlingford has a long and proud history of supporting development of young leaders in the community.  Below are some of the Rotary Youth Programs that Rotary Carlingford supports.
Rotary Youth Exchange [RYE]
Rotary Youth Exchange provides a unique opportunity for young people around the world to experience first hand the many cultures of a different country, a new way of life and in some instances another language. Often, the friendships they make will be life-long and important in achieving the aims of the exchange - the building of goodwill and understanding between countries.
Rotary Carlingford usually hosts both one outbound and one inbound student each year.  To learn more please check the District 9685 Youth Exchange webpage.  The program is currently suspended due to the pandemic.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards [RYLA]
RYLA is an awe-inspiring program aimed at empowering Australia's next generation of superstars. Meet life changing people, be enthralled by inspiring stories and develop skills through challenges and activities designed to put your leadership into practice, in a supportive and encouraging environment.
A week-long experience for young adults who are in the early stages of their career or studies.  The next District 9685 RYLA event is being held SAT 9 JAN – SUN 15 JAN 2022.  The Rotary Club of Carlingford are pleased to be selecting and providing financial support for two young adults to attend.         
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.

RYPEN is an intensive residential weekend, where young people aged approximately 14 to 16 years (Years 9 and 10) 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!!  
The next RYPEN course in 2022 will be held ONLINE due to the pandemic.  Dates are 4th Feb (4pm - 6.30pm), 5th & 6th Feb (9.30am - 6.30pm).  For more information please contact 
National Youth Science Forum [NYSF]

The National Youth Science Forum is for students passionate about science. The two week forum is conducted in Canberra in January and Perth each year for outstanding students commencing Year 12 at the time of the forum.

Applicants are sought from Year 11 students.

For 2022, the program will run for 12 days from 10 to 25 January.  

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a Rotary youth program for senior high school students to develop an awareness of the United Nations and the countries they represent at a simulated UN Assembly.  The event provides an excellent forum for students to develop and practice their public speaking skills whilst debating on topical world issues.
MUNA has been held in many Rotary Districts around Australia since 1980.  The team that places first in MUNA in District 9685 is invited to compete at the Australian National MUNA at the Old Parliament House in Canberra. 

Interact Clubs are Rotary sponsored service clubs for high school students.

Usually based in high schools, Interact Clubs give students opportunities to develop initiative, leadership skills, teamwork skills, a community service ethic and international understanding.

Are you a teacher or school student adviser and interested to start an Interact club in your school in the Carlingford, North Rocks and surrounding areas ?  Please contact Rotary Carlingford for more information.


All enquiries in relation to participation in the above youth activities can be directed to Youth Service Director Martha Jabour via email:



The Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity of a lifetime for High School students to spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of their adopted host families.