Developing Leadership Skills
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Rotary International District 9800 is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 and are year 9, 10 and 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.
RYPEN is designed for students who are seen as the upcoming leaders in your school, not those students who are already leading and achieving amazing things or those at the bottom end, but those students who just need a bit of a push and a confidence boost to start achieving at their full potential.
Through RYPEN students will begin developing skills in:
  • Resilience
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Goal Setting
  • Teamwork
  • Forming and defining their own values
  • Trust
  • Community and Global Citizenship
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Taking initiative
The key outcomes of RYPEN align with the Personal and Social General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum. Students are encouraged to: learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively.
RYPEN provides an experience of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards and allow them to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.
Challenge by choice is an important aspect of the program experience.
Students are free to discuss and interpret what they experience and the Supporters and Rotarians involved in running the camp act as mentors.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes are anticipated.
Chair: Suzanne Zammit (Footscray)