Programs of the Rotary Club of Narrabri, Inc.

Youth Programs in District 9650

This Rotary District provides opportunities for young people to learn and develop through a number of Rotary programs focusing on Youth. The following are a selection of projects undertaken by Clubs in District 9650 providing service to youth. Should you wish to enquire further about any of these programs please contact your local Rotary Club or visit the District 9650 homepage on

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

RYDA is a road safety program designed to reduce the trauma on our roads by encouraging Year 11 students to take a more responsible attitude to motoring. The one-day program which covers topics such as safe celebrating and fatigue, stopping distances, hazard perception and includes personal stories from accident victims. The program is part of the schools’ based road safety curriculum. Visit

Rotary Youth Exchange

This is an international exchange which enables students aged 16-18 years to travel to another country to spend 12 months attending secondary schools (not tertiary institutions) and living with host families in that country. The major objective of the program is to further international understanding and goodwill. Selection of students occurs in the first half of the school year for travel the following year.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

This is a one-week leadership training seminar for young adults 18-26 years of age. Interested participants demonstrating leadership potential are sponsored by Rotary Clubs who also provide transport to and from the venue.

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

High school students develop an awareness of the United Nations and the countries they represent at this simulated UN Assembly. They address and debate problems and issues of international concern. Clubs sponsor teams from high schools who each represent a UN country. High schools are approached in August and confirmed the following February.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

During an intensive residential weekend, young people aged approximately 15 years will develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self image, pride in themselves, and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. Year 9 students should approach their local Rotary club.

Science and Engineering Forums

The National Youth Science Forum is a two-week experience for outstanding students commencing Year 12. It is held in Canberra each January and candidates are nominated by a Rotary Club and selected by a District 9650 Committee. For further details visit

The Siemens Science Experience offers a three-day hands-on science experience for current Year 9 students entering Year 10 next year. Brochures and application forms are forwarded to schools. Visit