Rotary Youth Leadership Competition 2021/22

| November 9, 2021

Introduction to the Youth Leadership Competition

The Rotary Club of Bangor supports Rotary Ireland’s flagship competition and we would like to invite you to enter – TODAY!

The Youth Leadership Development Competition, run with the assistance of the European Parliament Office in Dublin, is one of Rotary’s longest-running youth projects, an all-Ireland annual event aimed at helping young people prepare for their future careers.

Why should you enter the Youth Leadership Competition?

Young Leader Samantha Dornan with Rotarians Gavin Walker and Stephen Connolly

Samantha Dornan was a student at Glenlola Collegiate and a participant in the Youth Leadership Competition in 2015. After the event Samantha changed her choice of University course and her choice of University. She has recently graduated from Durham University with a degree in International Relations and told us that “participating in the Youth Leadership Competition literally changed my life.” Are you ready to change your life? Apply TODAY!

There are three specific reasons you should enter the Youth Leadership Competition

  1. You will gain valuable experience in the interview and selection procedure.
  2. As a competition winner, you will have an opportunity to join with other like-minded young people at two events in Belfast and Dublin.
  3. As a participant or winner, you will have a valued additional experience to add to your personal statement in your application for third-level education.

The Youth Leadership Competition rewards young people with clear leadership potential based on their extra-curricular activities. It teaches interview skills, builds self-confidence and raises awareness of European Political and Policy issues. The winners are judged solely on their potential as leaders from over 2,000 applicants across Ireland.

***Closing Date for entries is Friday 3rd December at 5pm***

Downloads you need

  • To download your Application Form, please Click Here
  • To download your Photo Permission Statement, please Click Here (this statement should be downloaded, signed and returned attached to your Application Form).
  • To download the Rotary Privacy Statement, please Click Here
  • IMPORTANT: Once you have completed your Application Forms, please check with your teacher whether it is being collected in school or emailed directly to the Rotary Club.

How the Competition works

The Rotary Youth Leadership Competition is an all-Ireland competition run by individual Rotary Clubs. In Bangor we encourage nominations from all four secondary schools.

Each of the four secondary schools in Bangor is invited to nominate as many senior pupils as they choose to enter the Youth Leadership competition.  As an entrant you are asked to submit standard application forms, which illustrate your personal achievements to date, work and leadership experience and give examples of your planning and organisational skills. Entrants must be 18 or younger on March 31 2022.

There are three stages to the competition

Stage One: In-school competition

You will be invited to an interview with a panel of experienced business people. During the 15 minute interview, you will be asked some questions about yourself, your experiences and extra-curricular activities and will have the opportunity to convince the interview panel that you should be chosen to represent your school at the next stage of the competition. (Interviews at your school in early December 2021)

Stage Two: Bangor Final

The winners of each of the in-school stage will be invited to a further interview with a different panel of interviewers. This panel will then choose the Bangor Winner. (Interviews held at Bangor Golf Club  December 15th 2021)

Stage Three: Zone Final

The Bangor Final Winner will be invited to represent our town at a Regional Zone Final. Here they will compete with the winners of other town finals and will once again undergo an interview. The winners of this Regional Zone Final will then join with 24 young leaders from across Ireland to enjoy the Zone Winners Trip. (Interviews held in January 2022. Location to be decided).

***Closing Date for entries is Friday 3rd December at 5pm***

 Zone Winners Trip

Here’s what you’ll be competing for

Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th March 2022.

All Zone winners meet in Belfast. Over the 3 days, 

  • Students get to know each other and have an opportunity to work together.
  • Visit the Titanic Centre
  • Tour of Stormont Buildings; meet Assembly Members; visit the Chamber.
  • Bus to Dublin.
  • Tour of the Dáil; meet TD’s and visit the Chamber during Leaders Questions. 
  • Prepare topics for presentation, in groups, later in the month. These topics will be provided by Europe House, Dublin. 

Thursday 31st March & Friday 1st April 2022.

All Zone winners meet in Dublin.

  • Students spend time finalising their group presentations
  • Visit Europe House and meet EU staff and an MEP and learn about the Role of the EU. 
  • Presentation of topics by each group of students.  Feedback on these presentations will be given by a review panel. Venue TBC.  This event will be the highlight of the programme and will be a showcase for Rotary Ireland. We plan that this event will attract media coverage and it will also be live streamed.

Rotary Leaders will accompany the students during all these events.

All accommodation costs, meals, lunches, snacks, bus transfers and visits will be covered by Rotary Ireland. 

Zone winners are asked to make their own travel arrangements to and from each city on the dates above. 

Here is a short video from the Zone Winners 2019

An introduction to Rotary International

This is a basic introduction to Rotary International. You might be asked about your knowledge of Rotary during your interviews, so we recommend you take time to find out a lot more about our work. Google ‘Rotary International’ to find out more.

Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 46,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
  • Protect the environment

Get involved

Our mission

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Vision statement

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Club Candidates

The Club participates by inviting schools to nominate for interview students who will be 18 or younger by March of the competition year (2022). They are asked to submit standard application forms, which illustrate their personal achievements to date, work and leadership experience and gave examples of their planning and organisational skills.

Members interview these candidates at each school and select those to go forward to a Club final where one is selected for the area Regional Final (of which there are eight) when three are selected to travel resulting in 24 finalists.

The Club thanks all members who give willingly of their time to carry out interviews. The competition would not be possible without their support.

The schools are all enthusiastic advocates of the competition and are well aware of the benefits to the students of both taking part and achieving success. We are particularly pleased that in recent years the Club’s nominees have often won a coveted Euroscola place against finalists of the highest calibre.

We are always delighted to welcome back to the Club the nominees to hear their report.

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