New Generations

New Generation is service to assist in the development of the youth of our community.

 

2015 – 2016

  • Costa Mesa Exchange Program – we were delighted to continue our support and sponsor students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to travel to the USA in student exchange program with Estancia High School. Four students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College attended our club meeting on to share their experiences accompanied by their teacher.
  • Wynspeak – in it’s 12th year this public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex.
  • Rotary Youth Public Speaking Program (RYPSP) – a project that was established by our club and is district endorsed. This was formed due to the outstanding results of the Wynspeak program. Our club coordinates this project across District 9800 and any clubs wishing to engage in the projects contacts our club’s committee to gain more information / club presentations on the project.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – Our candidate this year was attracted to the program from our migrant community by new member who runs the Migrant Hub in Wyndham. The student was originally from Papua New Guinea. She attended the camp at Mount Evelyn in late November. Members from our club visited the camp during the time our sponsored student was in attendance, and were very impressed by the breadth of experience the Rylarians gain over the week-long program. The student visited the Club to share her outcomes and the benefits of her attendance at one of our regular club meetings.
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) – sponsored two secondary school students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to this program. They are required to research their country and then debate on international issues from their countries perspective. They were required to represent the Russia. This is a very engaging project that required a great commitment and contribution by the students attending the model assembly.
  • Interact Club – The Club sponsored Interact Club of Baden Powell College is now in its second year. It is a very active club with around 40 members who are divided into three groups to complete projects – International Service group, Local Community group and School Projects group. The enthusiasm of the students is infectious and those members of the Rotary club who attend their meetings fortnightly on a Friday afternoon come away inspired and invigorated. Some of the achievements of the Interact Club included:
    • School Group:
      • We continued working closely with Parents and Friends Committee throughout the year to assist with Father’s and Mother’s Day and Christmas Stalls.
      • We also worked with Hoppers Crossing Rotary to organise an Essay Competition for Year Six students at local schools.
      • ‘Tarneit’s Got Talent’, was another project we assisted in.
      • We helped out Earlyact by adjudicating the participants.
    • Community Group:
      • We helped the disadvantaged, put a smile on the faces of young ones and feed those who need it most.
      • We raised $700 dollars that we donated to the Charleville Rotary Club Drought Relief Project in Queensland.
      • We also managed to put a big smile on little faces. Our simple visit to the childcare centre made a number of children very happy, along with the Interact members who attended. We played with the children, met new people, read story books to the children, and hopefully gave young ones a lifelong memory.
      • We donated 250 cans for Les Porter, with the donated food going to the Salvation Army. Unfortunately we did not reach our goal of 1000 cans but next we will spread the word even more.
      • We also organised ‘Jeans for Genes Day’.
    • International Group:
      • The Collectables Fair – We attended the 2015 collectibles fair to raise money for our sponsor. We put a ‘C’ to represent Cambodia and we had to educate and explain to people from around Wyndham about our fundraiser and try and get them to donate. Not only did we get money from the community we got donations from people in our club! The collectables fair was a confidence booster for all the attendees, not only did it let me try something out of my comfort zone, it also was so much fun. It was a day to interact and communicate with people outside our club and involved a lot of teamwork. It was a great experience and would love to do it again.
      • Cambodian Care Packages – This event was organised by one of our teachers and was a very enjoyable activity. We had been generously donated some equipment to give to the teachers and students of Cambodia. We were to put a certain amount of items in each bag to (at the end) have a full care package of books, pencils and basic school supplies to make sure these less fortunate children can get the equipment to get the education they need. This task could have gone south very easily but we worked as a team and managed to complete this event smoothly and efficiently. This brought us together as a team as we had to use teamwork to get it done. We were also successful obtaining additional stationary supplies by writing letters to local organisations.
      • Purple Pinkie For Polio – The 2016 Interact Club all painted our “pinkie finger” with purple nail polish and we were proud to donate $400 to help eradicate polio in our world.
      • Fiji Earthquake Disaster – Our first major fundraiser was to support the people in Fiji following the earthquake that so severely impacted on their lives. We made a donation to Disaster Aid Australia to purchase a building kit, a flat pak tank to store water and seven Sawyer Water filters, so the people have clean drinking water.

Many projects were completed in 2015 and proved to be a great success. Throughout the entire course of the year students displayed initiative and developed some important life skills.

  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) – We looked to the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency in Werribee to find a student who would benefit from RYPEN. The young student (from the Wyndham Community and Education Centre in Werribee) attended the RYPEN Camp. Students selected for the program participated in various group activities, as well as working with other students throughout the weekend. Students carry out a great deal of self-evaluation and reflection, providing them with the opportunity to apply the things they have learnt to their own lives and experience.
  • Former Assistant Governor Cherrie Osborn was a guest speaker to the club and spoke to us about the Basic Education and Literacy District project. We made a donation to support three children in disadvantaged situations with literacy opportunities before they go to school. The funds support ‘The Smith Family’s Let’s Read Program’ in the community.
  • We made a donation to support High Resolves with their Global Citizenship and Leadership Program at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. Students in years 9 and 10 choose some sort of social injustice within the community and work with High Resolves on a project to take action.
  • Representatives from the Kirpal Singh Chauli Trust visited the Club to give a presentation on the work of the Trust which seeks to provide education for girls in India who would like to go on to further study in tertiary institutions but whose families are unable to cover the fees. The Trust has a further commitment to favour girls who are physically challenged. The Club supported the Trust a donation for the purchase of a Braille embossing printer to support the education of young female students at the Post Graduate Government College who are vision impaired.
  • The Seasons of Growth program facilitated by the Pastoral Team at St Andrew’s Parish Church who have identified that many children in our community are affected by brokenness within their family situations through separation, divorce or the loss of a parent through death. The Seasons of Growth program develops resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing in children. We also supported by providing a donation to for the necessary resources needed to run the program
  • Whitelion came and talked to the club to raise our awareness of the issue of homelessness in the City of Wyndham. Four to five youth present as homeless to their Victorian services every week. With an ongoing shortage of emergency accommodation in Victoria, locating safe housing for extended periods is a significant problem. We hope to keep the work of Whitelion in our consciousness and consider ways in which we can help support the good work of this organisation.

2014 – 2015

  • Costa Mesa Exchange Program – provided sponsorship to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College students travelling to USA in student exchange program with Estancia High School. Costa Mesa students presented at the club about their observations in the difference between the Australian and American schooling systems.
  • Evolve – provided a donation towards their Youth Support Program. Funding will be used for camps for young people who need support and guidance.
  • Wynspeak – in it’s 11th year this public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex.
  • Rotary Youth Public Speaking Program (RYPSP) – a project that was established by our club and is district endorsed. Our club coordinates this project across District 9800 and any clubs wishing to engage in the projects contacts our club’s committee to gain more information / club presentations on the project.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – Sponsored a young person from the local RAAF Cadets to attend this camp. This has been a successful investment by our club. The current young person who attended found the program very inspiring and helped improve his confidence and leadership skills. The candidate sent to this camp in 2013 recently became a member of our rotary club.
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) – sponsored two secondary school students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to this program. They are required to research their country and then debate on international issues from their countries perspective. They were required to represent the USA. This is a very engaging project that required a great commitment and contribution by the students attending the model assembly. This is hosted at Parliament House in Canberra each year.
  • Interact Club – Our club has been sponsoring the Interact Club at Baden Powell P9 College for 12 months now. They have a regular membership of 25 students attending meetings. Some of the achievements of the Interact Club included:
    • Supported the Parents and Friends Committee in the following activities: Fathers Day and Christmas stalls; Election Day BBQ; and, Carols in the Courtyard second hand uniform stall.
    • Writing competition for year six students with the topic ‘What the City og Wyndham Should Provide for Youth’.
    • Supporting Rotary with their Vintage and Collectables Fair holding a BBQ and conducting Coins in Cambodia money trail.
    • Supported the Wyndham 1000 Canned Food Drive where we collected approximately 750 cans.
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) – Two students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and two students from The Grange P12 College were sent to RYPEN during this Rotary year. The students who attended reports that the reaped many rewards from attending this program that is mainly run by Rotoract members.
  • Financial assistance was made to a family in financial crisis after a request from a local school for help so the student could attend the annual school camp with the rest of her class.

2013 – 2014

  • Costa Mesa Exchange Program – provided sponsorship to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College students travelling to USA in student exchange program with Estancia High School. Costa Mesa students presented at the club about their observations in the difference between the Australian and American schooling systems.
  • Evolve – CEO Paul Stolz came and spoke to the club about Evolve and their service delivery in both Victoria and Queensland. The club presented Pail with a donation toward running youth camps for young people in need of support and guidance.
  • Wynspeak – This is our ‘flagship’ youth project and is now in its 10th year. This public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex. The talent of these students seems to improve every year this project has been in place.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – This is the first time we have participated in this program for several years. We sponsored a young person from the local RAAF Cadets to attend this camp. The young person reported back to our club following the camp and talked about the impact attending had on him and how he believed it would assist him in his future endeavours.
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) – sponsored two secondary school students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to this program. They are required to research their country and then debate on international issues from their countries perspective. The students who attended the project in May reported back to the club about their experiences. The said it was very challenging and yet rewarding. It was a very engaging project that required a great commitment and contribution by the students attending the model assembly.
  • Interact Club – The introduction and subsequent chartering of the Interact Club at Baden Powell P9 College was our committees greatest and proudest achievement this Rotary year. The club was charted with a 50 plus strong membership and consists of four committees (avenues of service) these being: international service, national service, local community, and school projects. Our club looks forward to assisting the Interact club through mentoring and assistance to the school and building stronger relationships with Baden Powell. We look forward to watching the growth and achievements of the club and of its members, and hopefully they will continue to service the community and one day join our club as Rotarians!
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) – Four students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College were sent to RYPEN at Camp Getaway during this Rotary year. The students who attended reported back to the club about their positive experience attending the program.

2012 – 2013

  • A visit to the Youth Services of Wyndham City Council at the Youth Resource Centre in Derrimut Road informed members of the services the staff provide, the outreach services that visit the centre and the main issues that affect the youth of Wyndham. Ss a result of the visit we donated small toiletry packs for the centre to provide to youth in need.
  • We organised a Christmas Lunch for the staff and young homeless of Wyndham. This was a shared project with the Community Committee.
  • Sponsored two Year 9/10 students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to attend the Science Experience held at Melbourne University.
  • Sponsored a student from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and three students from The grange P12 College attended Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) during the Rotary year.
  • Wynspeak – This is our ‘flagship’ youth project and is now in its 9th year. This public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex. The students presented themselves in such a positive light and were very informative and knowledgeable about the topics they chose to cover. Their school’s should be proud of how well performed.

2011 – 2012

  • Sponsored a year 11 student to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.
  • Sponsored three students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to attend the Siemens Science Experience held at universities across Melbourne.
  • Two students from the Grange attended the club to talk about their experiences travelling to Borneo through the Evolve program. The Marketing Coordinator attended the meeting too and was presented with a donation to support the ongoing programs run by Evolve.
  • We made a donation in partnership with the Community committee to Camp Getaway.
  • Wynspeak – This is our ‘flagship’ youth project and is now in its 8th year. This public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex. The students presented themselves in such a positive light and were very informative and knowledgeable about the topics they chose to cover.

2010 – 2011

  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) – Two students from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College was sponsored to attend to RYPEN. The students who attended reported back to the club about their positive experience attending the program and what they deemed to be the highlights of their experience with the program.
  • Wynspeak – This is our ‘flagship’ youth project and is now in its 7th year. This public speaking competition for secondary school students continues to be a very successful program between our club and Hoppers Crossing Apex. The students presented themselves in such a positive light and were very informative and knowledgeable about the topics they chose to cover. Their school’s should be proud of how well performed.
  • Lords Somers Camp – we sponsored two students from Westbourne Grammar to attend the Lord Somers Powerhouse Camp.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – We were unsuccessful in finding a student from any of our local schools to participate in the program but were asked by the District to sponsor a student from Geelong. This had its many challenged and we have learnt from the experience and for recommend in future to only sponsor from our local area as it raises less complications in management.
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) – sponsored two students from Westbourne Grammar to attend MUNA.
  • Evolve – We made a donation to support Evolve and the wonderful work they do with youth. They have been providing a lot of support to students from The Grange with great success.
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