Rotary’s youth competitions – A platform for talents to shine…

Its a busy time of year for the Youth competition with District and Regional finals taking place ready for the Nationals. Rotary’s youth competitions offer a platform for talents to shine. From local and regional heats through to national levels, these contests are a great way to be challenged in a fun and friendly environment.

What competitions are there?

Young Chef Fancy yourself as a budding cook? The Rotary Young Chef competition, sponsored by Filippo Berio, gives entrants the chance to put their culinary skills to the test and be judged by leading industry professionals. Entrants plan and cook a three course meal, develop their food presentation skills and gain experience in high pressure situations.

Young Citizen Awards These awards recognise young people under the age of 25 who have demonstrated their commitment to citizenship, goodwill and understanding through various activities. The awards can be for individuals or groups, for projects and initiatives that showcase positive citizenship and the important responsibilities assumed by young people.

Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award This year, we are introducing a new Award, the inaugural Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award 2020 to recognise and highlight the achievements and contribution, as a positive role model to others, of a sports participant or a group or an individual or group who is enabling others to participate in sport.

Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award For a second year, we are delighted to offer the Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award, reflecting Rotary’s area of focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, to recognise young people, aged under 25, who have made a significant contribution by building peace and understanding, whether in their school, local community or with a peace project internationally.

Young Artist Share your creative talents with a wide audience by taking part in our new Young Artist competition. Express yourself with your interpretation of the year’s theme Your artwork will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if you are lucky, on to the national final. The competition is open to artists aged between 7 and 17.

Young Musician Share your gift of song or mastery of a musical instrument in Rotary’s Young Musician competition. Participants will get the chance to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians. Entrants can be either a vocalist or instrumentalist.

Young Filmmaker We know there are many talented young filmmakers out there, all keen to showcase their talents. That’s why we have introduced the Young Filmmaker competition. The competition is open to filmmakers aged between 7 and 17.

Young Photographer Photography has the power to capture special places, moments and memories.The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, interpret the competition’s annual brief in an imaginative way and experiment with digital and traditional methods.

Youth Speaks: A Debate Challenge your public speaking abilities and perform, persuade and entertain the audience with your display of wit and knowledge of a topic.

In teams of three participants present arguments and points of discussion, before taking questions from the judging panel who are, themselves, skilled orators. Participants can select a topic which is important to them, giving them an opportunity to delve deep into research, formulate ideas and build confidence.

Young Environmentalist Looking for people like you, who care about the planet. Present your unique solution to environmental problems by entering this competition and change how we look at waste.You can enter as a team or as an individual and come up with a clever way to address the challenge of waste minimisation. The competition is open to environmentalists aged between 7 and 17.

Young Writer This competition offers participants chance to express themselves and get creative with the written word.After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem. It’s a chance to be imaginative.

Technology Tournaments Technology Tournaments are one day events for multiple teams of four students to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by collectively solving a previously unseen technology task. Rotary also offers Junior Technology Tournaments for younger pupils in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust.

All the above competitions have the full support of your local Rotary which will back you through your progression in the various stages. Contact your nearest club and see what happens!

What is involved? Most competitions are run on a multi-stage format, starting off with local heats run by individual Rotary clubs, running through until national finals. Generally, competitions pan the course of an academic year from approximately September to June.

How to get involved All the above competitions have the full support of Rotary in your area who will support you through your progression in the various stages. If you want to take part, please contact your local Rotary group. So start planning now…

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