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The Youth Services activities in which the Rotary Club of Subiaco engages, are extensive and include:

  • Four-Way-Test Speech Competition
  • Interact Club
  • National Youth Science Forum
  • Rotaract Club
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
  • Rotary Youth Exchange (organized through our International Service Director)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
  • School Link Program

Four-Way-Test Speech Competition

This program is part of the School Link Program originated by PDG Fred Marsh (1988-89).

This activity encourages the participation of teachers and students from each club’s link school.  Students taking part develop skills in public speaking, while increasing their confidence and understanding of ethics.  Year 10 students are introduced to the Rotary Four Way Test while the process provides Rotary and the Rotary Four Way Test with valuable exposure in the community.

Year 10 students interested in participating in this activity should contact the Club in September of each year – with heats and finals progressing late in the year and the State final in the first half of Year 11.

Interact Club

Interact is a service and social club for young people in their teenage years (to 18). The Rotary Club of Subiaco sponsors the Interact Club of Subiaco that is located at Perth Modern School.

The Interact Club of Subiaco is self-governing and self-supporting, offering many opportunities for members to develop valuable leadership and teamwork skills as they focus on service in the wider community.

Young people interested in joining the Interact Club of Subiaco should contact their President through Perth Modern School. 

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

NYSF is a two week residential program in Canberra that aims to open up possibilities of a career in science or engineering for students about to enter Year 12.  A series of seminars, debates, workshops and visits to various science, engineering and technology organisations enables science students to gain first-hand experience.

Rotary provides essential support by interviewing, selecting and part-sponsoring applicants.

Information is sent to Rotary Clubs and Secondary Schools between February and March.

Year 11 students submit applications to clubs by the end of May and district selection takes place in July so that orientation for successful students will take place in September.

Rotaract Club

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young adults ages 18 to 30. Rotaract Clubs are usually community based and are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs making them true “partners in service” and key members of the Rotary family.  The Rotary Club of Subiaco jointly sponsors the Rotaract Club of Subiaco.

Through the Rotaract program, Rotaractors expand their knowledge and skills and address the physical and social needs of their communities, while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaract is friendship in action.

Young people seeking to join the Rotaract Club of Subiaco should access the Club facebook page or contact the President via email at


Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

RYPEN is an annual residential week -long program that aims to develop positive attitudes, self-awareness and leadership skills amongst Year 10 students.

The Rotary Club of Subiaco generally sponsors two Year 10 students from Perth Modern School to attend this program. These students are seen to have leadership potential as well as positive personal attributes and demonstrate involvement in community programs.

Applications for this program close in early April and the residential program takes place in early May of each year. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

The Rotary Youth Leadership awards (RYLA) offer men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 years, an opportunity to attend a residential seminar designed to develop their leadership skills.  Activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, hiking and camping out, presentation skills, conflict resolution, yoga and discussions on social issues are just part of the week long program.

The Rotary Club of Subiaco generally sponsors at least one participant in this program each year.

Potential applicants should contact the Rotary Club of Subiaco in September ahead of the program running in late January/early February of each year.

School Link Program

The School Link Program provides a coordinated mechanism to establish ongoing mutually beneficial links between Rotary Clubs and Secondary Schools to foster participation in the many Rotary Youth Service projects. 

The Rotary Club of Subiaco has been linked with Perth Modern School for many years. Two prior Principals of Perth Modern School were also members of the Rotary Club of Subiaco [Mr Joseph Stokes (1972 - 1979) and Dr Robyn White (2000 - 2010)].


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