Rotary strongly encourages personal development for all young people and Pembroke Rotary supports the ‘Rotary Young Leaders Awards’ (RYLA) course which develops confidence, social awareness and leadership skills. Outdoor activities, problem solving challenges and social activities make for a demanding but rewarding week and by the end new friendships will have been forged and personal aspirations met or exceeded.
All the young people without fail say that they will never forget the experience so we are looking forward to hearing back from the young people this year about their adventures.
New this year is the Technical Tournament competition. Eight schools with 28 teams of all ages met at Pembrokeshire College on the 28th March. The brief was to design and build a crane to travel a set distance to pick up a container and then return to the start.
Teams were assessed on teamwork, their idea development, portfolio, manufacture and design and finally how well their design worked!
More than 20 years ago, Pembroke Rotary drafted ideas for a new initiative in the area – and the Drug Awareness programme was born taking place each year to help schools engage in learning about the dangers of drugs.
The programme alerts Year 6 leavers, who are set to embark on the next step in their education about the possible situations and scenarios in the future.
Sponsored by Valero Energy the Rotary club invites Theatr FForwm Cymru at Swansea Metropolitan University to visit the schools where actors present the workshop in a dramatised but entertaining way exploring drug issues in a safe and positive environment.
According to Mentor, the UK’s leading charity working to prevent alcohol and drug misuse amongst young people, the likelihood of pupils having ever taken drugs increases with age, from 11% of 11-year-olds to 37% of 15-year-olds.
Pembroke Rotary is grateful to Valero for its ongoing interest and support in helping our local children prepare for their future.