Helping teens tackle hurdles


The challenges of adolescence can often be a difficult time for teenagers to focus on their own wellbeing, so Rotary has offered the opportunity for young people in Wellington to undertake personal development as part of a three-day camp at Myuna Bay. 

Applications are currently open for the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) which encourages teenagers to develop life skills, providing them with the knowledge needed to approach challenging situations and overcome adversity.

Rotary District 9670 Governor, Helen Ryan, said RYPEN offers youth the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers, while having fun and learning new skills in areas such as problem solving and public speaking.

“A prime focus of Rotary in Wellington is to help young people grow and develop,” Mrs Ryan said. “Rotarians value the opportunity to help them gain the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their community.”

RYPEN is open to young people aged 14 to 17 who will benefit from the opportunity to develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image and an understanding of setting and achieving goals.

There are a variety of activities and programs included in the camp that will challenge participants to consider how they can have a positive influence in the community. 

Local Rotary Clubs will fund a young person’s attendance at the camp, including transport and food costs.

“Rotarians are interested in helping young people grow, that’s why we want to provide them with the financial assistance to attend,” she said. “I would urge any parents, teachers or friends from across Wellington who know a young person that would benefit from attending RYPEN to nominate them today. It is an opportunity not to miss.”

The camp will be held at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre on May 18-20. Nominations close on May 11. Email for more information or to nominate.