Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Rotary sponsored

New Generations Program.

RYPEN assists young Australians aged 14 – 17 to:

Develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

Appreciate diversity in society.

Realise their own and other’s potential.

RYPEN provides opportunities and challenges for these young people to review themselves and where

they are in life, and the direction they are headed.

RYPEN achieves these aims through:

Providing an environment in which the participants can explore their own boundaries and gain a sense of self-understanding

and self-reliance;

Challenging participants through active learning and problem solving activities designed to stretch themental, physical

and social skills of the participants, both individually and within groups.

The program offers a variety of activities over the weekend, including a number of theory-based

sessions that allow participants to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in leadership,

team building, problem solving and creative thinking. Participants also learn about identifying

personality types and understanding others. These theory sessions are balanced with games, activities

and a major “Outdoor Challenge” thatprovides the participants with the opportunity to put into practice

the skills learned during the theory sessions.

Many of the activities are done working in small teams with an assigned Leader from the Leadership

Committee. This group work enables those participants who are quieter than their counterparts to

interact with a smaller group of people, and is often successful in creating greater self-awareness of

team members.