Young People

The Youth Service committee works to help support young people in our local community by carrying out a programme of activities throughout the year.

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Latest News from this committee:

Mary Wins District Finals

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals. Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the Read the full article... 

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This years programme includes:

Children singing for children Concerts– early November Taking place over three nights, up to 20 choirs from local primary schools sing songs from around the world. Each night about 180 children will sing and following individual performances by each school, they join together to form a massed choir for the finale. The children are watched by an audience of up to 500 people each night and the funds raised are donated to both International and Oxfordshire Children’s Charities.

Young Musician of the Year – heats in January, final in March. For over 20 years our club has organized this competition and it has become one of the highlights of the local music scene. It gives much pleasure and satisfaction to see young people progress from the junior to the senior sections as the professionalism of their playing abilities increases. Many of our winners have gone on to a professional career in Music. Some 120 young musicians enter the competition each year which has 20 categories. In addition to the Young Musician and Junior Young Musician of the year awards there are 21 other trophies awarded. This event receives substantial sponsorship from Banbury Charities.

Rotary Young Chef of the Year – heats from November to March, final in April. The Rotary Young Chef competition was created to give young people the chance: to show off their creative culinary talents; to promote healthy eating; and learn important life skills. The competition is open to students from 11 to 18 years of age. Up to 8 local secondary schools participate before the regional heats and national final in London. This competition is organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (R Y L A) – selection process from Jan to May, course in July. This programme offers young people at the start of their careers or in further education a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving . Male or female candidates must be of at least average fitness, have already demonstrated leadership potential and be between 18 – 25 years of age on the 1st July. All Candidates are interviewed locally by Rotarians to assess their suitability. The successful candidate will attend an induction day and the week long programme itself in Snowdonia National Park. The successful candidate is asked to give via a short talk and presentation at one of our weekly meetings.

Practice Interview Programme – March and July Each year 60 Rotarians and local business people interview up to 140 year 10 students at Blessed George Napier School, and 220 year 10 students at Warriner School. The students are given training and guidance on interview skills and are asked to prepare a letter of application and Curriculum Vitae ahead of the interview. We give each student the opportunity to practice these skills at a mock interview before they approach potential employers. Every student meeting the standards is awarded a certificate for their Record of Achievement and the top students win other prizes. Each year we get excellent feedback from the school about this event.