Youth Programs


The Rotary Club of Balwyn is an active supporter of the many Rotary Youth programs including:

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a week-long residential program for young people aged 18 to 25, which focuses on personal growth, leadership development and community.

​​​Are you aged between 18-25?
​Do you live, work, study or volunteer within District 9800?
Do you have an open mind? Ready to challenge yourself?
​Take on the RYLA challenge ​!


Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 and are year 9, 10 or 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.


National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) runs annual residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. It gives year  12 students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages them to continue their studies in these fields.


More Activities...

    Securing an affordable rental is tough, fitting it out can be tougher! RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) is a multi club Rotary project operating Inner Melbourne, providing furniture, appliances & homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, refugee displacement and other crises. RIMERN is modelled on Eastern Emergency Relief Network (operating in the Eastern suburbs) and Western Emergency Relief Network (operating in the Western suburbs) & the three Rotary projects collaborate wherever possible. Balwyn Rotary is a significant supporter of RIMERN providing both financial and volunteer support. RIMERN

  • Four Way Test Youth Public Speaking Showcase
    Four Way Test Youth Public Speaking Showcase

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1663396006015{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]The Four Way Test Public Speaking Competition is based on similar competitions that had been run by a number of Clubs over many years. The objectives are to provide a competitive outlet for secondary students attending schools within the City of Boroondara to hone their public speaking skills and promote the Rotary Four Way Test to secondary students as a moral compass—a positive way of living their lives. Rotary is the only service club established on vocational grounds. Rotarians aim to achieve high standards of conduct in their business and personal life. The 4 Way Test of the things we think, say or do embodies the guiding principles underlying all of Rotary’s endeavours and to which all Rotarians subscribe. Public speaking is also very important in today's world, particularly in our young people, our future leaders. Combining the principles of the Rotary 4 Way Test within the opportunity this competition provides our youth to enhance their public speaking skills, may further assist our youth in developing and encouraging an appreciation of and benefits arising from an ethical approach to the way they live their lives. In this competition students can speak on any subject that they feel is current, interesting or important. Their speech must be based on the application of Rotary’s 4 Way Test, with the principles of the 4 Way Test running either expressly or impliedly through the entire speech.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • Boroondara Literary Awards
    Boroondara Literary Awards

    The Boroondara Literary Awards are run in conjunction with the Boroondara Council. In 2023 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program.  Held annually they are a great way of unearthing local talent and inspiring people to be creative. They also promote interest in books and writing across the community, particularly for young people. Held each year in partnership with the City of Boroondara, the Awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages. The competition categories include the Young Writers competition and the Open Short Story competition. The Open Short Story competition includes the Keith Carroll Award for the best entry submitted by a Boroondara resident. As well as cash prizes, winners will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology. Boroondara Literary Awards