Alan Russell

Director of Youth and Vocational Programs (2023 - 2024)

Youth Programs

The young of our community are given as many advantages as we can support. These are many and varied and designed to benefit as many young people as we can. Some of our programs are: 

  • RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is an annual driving course for all Year 11 students in our Shire
  • MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) is an annual team event at Old Parliament House in Canberra where senior students debate United Nations resolutions
  • YEP (Youth Exchange Program) is for a young person to spend a year living with family groups overseas or for us to host a student from another country for a year
  • RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) is designed for students to advance their confidence and skills through a weekend program of challenges
  • NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) is for a promising senior science student to spend a week at a University researching their possible scientific future
  • The Honeywell Engineering School is for students who are contemplating engineering as a career
  • Rotary School Awards are presented to students at the time of their annual school Awards Ceremony
  • Educational grants are provided to schools to support innovative new program
  • The John Law Award is given to a local soccer club to assist with supporting a promising local player
  • The David Harding Scholarship is provided to the St Cecilia Music group for a student undertaking tertiary music studies
  • The club financially and administratively supports the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation (BBYF) who provides awards to local students undertaking tertiary studies
  • The Peter Wood OAM Award is given to a Batemans Bay Youth Foundation student who has done well in the sciences during their first year at University (see the link to BBYF on this website) 
  • The Alex Taylor, OAM Award given to a BBYF student who has done well in Humanities during their first year at university. 

Vocational Programs

There are so many people in our community showing outstanding leadership in their work place or who have great potential to be our future community leaders that we support their drive and endeavours.

  • We sponsor local students showing leadership potential to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program
  • We award the Joe Scorer Scholarship through Australian Rotary Health to support an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander studying in the medical field
  • We nominate and present local employees with the Rotary Pride in Workmanship Award based on the recommendation of employers for a valued and skilled employee
  • We provide ANU third year medical students studying in our local area with a scholarship to support their studies
  • We sponsor the purchase of reading books for new born babies in the Shire as a joint Eurobodalla Rotary clubs project
  • We undertake workplace visits to allow our club members to learn more about our community employment opportunities.