Applications open for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Myuna Bay

Rotary is offering the opportunity for young people in Cessnock and Maitland to develop and grow as part of a three-day camp at Myuna Bay next month.

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) encourages teenagers to develop life skills, while providing them with the knowledge needed to approach challenging situations and overcome adversity.

RYPEN is open to young people aged between 14 and 17 who will benefit from the opportunity to develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals.

The camp will be held at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre from November 3 to 5, with applications closing October 27.

Rotary District 9670 Governor, Helen Ryan, said RYPEN offers young people the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers, while having fun and learning new skills in areas such as problem solving and public speaking.

“Rotary values the contributions of young people in our community, and we want to ensure they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue to make a difference in their area and town,” Mrs Ryan said.

“There are a variety of activities and programs over the three-day camp that will challenge participants to think about their role in their community and how they can have a positive influence on the lives of others”.

Local Rotary Clubs from Cessnock and Maitland will fund a young person’s attendance at the camp, including transport and food costs.

“Rotarians right across Cessnock and Maitland are interested in helping young people grow, that’s why we want to provide them with the financial assistance to attend. All we want in return is for their time and participation,” Mrs Ryan said.

“I would urge any parents, teachers or friends in Cessnock and Maitland who know a young person that would benefit from attending RYPEN to nominate them today. It is an opportunity not to miss out on.”

For more information and to nominate, please email rypen@rotary9670.org.au by October 27.