Convenor: Chris Kirk
Vice Convenor: Steve Fairlie
Janet Simpson, Douglas Sinclair,
Frank Sloan and Ken Thompson
YOUTH SERVICE UPDATE BY CONVENOR CHRIS KIRK
15th August 2018
There are a number of well-established activities and initiatives supported by the Club.
For the last couple of years, we’ve worked closely with the other 2 Perth Clubs to provide a Mock Interview facility for school leavers and in the selection process for local RYLA candidates.
During 2018, Mock interviews designed to support young people seeking imminent employment, have been co-ordinated in every Perth City secondary school. Over 100 youngsters have faced our Rotary interviewers and feedback from the schools has been excellent. We’re anticipating a similar exercise during 2018/19 and have a great team of club volunteers able to help.
We have sponsored 2 local young people to attend the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) week-long course at Nethy Bridge in July. The course sets out to help develop leadership skills and to enhance personal confidence levels and social skills. The other Perth clubs also sponsor their own participants and the 3 clubs share publicity work to encourage applicants and operate a joint interviewing panel to select those young folks who are likely to get the most from the course. Feedback from out sponsored participants has been excellent and we have already agreed to sponsor 2 (one male, one female) for 2019.
Our springtime Young Singers competition really blossomed in 2018 with teenage participants from almost all local schools plus UHI providing a great evening of entertainment and at the same time giving the young singers a fantastic opportunity to perform before an audience in UHI’s superb theatre. We are looking to repeat the event in early 2019.
Working with the Perthshire Art Association and virtually all local Secondary and Private schools, we have managed our Young Artist competition with the winner’s works being mounted and displayed at the PAA’s annual exhibition. In recent years there has been a significant increase in entries, with over 100 high quality works being judged by an expert (not Rotarians!) panel.
As well as the arts, we support local young sportsmen/women through working with SportScotland to identify a local athlete and provide them the financial support to pursue their sporting dreams. In recent years our candidates have includes youngsters who have progressed to Olympic, Commonwealth and World Student games.
Our funding is limited but we have also been able to support individual local young people to participate in life changing challenges and adventures, who on their return usually enthral our members with their stories!
New for 2018/19 will be a Young Photographer competition. We are “testing the water” initially by working just with Perth High school but envisage the competition will be a success and thus opened out to all local young photographers in future years.
RYLA CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS 2017
Katie Eggleston and Jacob Millard joined us to update us on their experiences during their time with the Rotary Young Leaders.
Katie showed lively excerpts from videos she had taken which were accompanied by some equally lively music.
Chris Kirk, our Youth Convenor, then continued the evening in the form of an interview which prompted some interesting responses from Katie and Jacob and covered a lot of ground in the time available.
Katie was a pupil of Perth Academy until the summer and is now studying Applied Science at the Perth College. Jacob who was previously a pupil at Perth High School has been lucky enough to secure an apprenticeship as a Stonemason with Historic Scotland and is now working in Stirling.
MOCK JOB INYTERVIEWS
Leading a project with the other Perth clubs, to give young people who are soon to leave school for the jobs market, the opportunity to experience a “mock” job interview. Candidates will prepare a CV written for a preferred career role and Rotary interviewers will use a prepared format to interview them appropriately. We’ll then provide the youngsters with structured honest feedback on their performance and the impression made. Currently Perth Grammar and Perth High schools are keen to use this opportunity and interviews are scheduled to take place in March. Perth Kinnoull will be providing its share of interviewers.