Youth Activities CommitteeWorking with local schools and other organisations, Royston Rotary seeks to provide a range of opportunities to help young people develop their skills and to recognise their achievements. Our main activities are set out below. It is our hope that we may run a full programme of events this year subject, of course, to complying with whatever Covid restrictions remain in place.Youth SpeaksIn mid-November 2021, we plan to promote our 24th Youth Speaks featuring 8 first schools and students from years 5-8in Royston and Buntingford. In this event, students prepare and present a talk on a chosen subject to their parents, teachers and Rotarians. It provides them an opportunity to practise their presentation skills in front of an audience and build confidence in their communication abilities.Technology TournamentThe first Wednesday in February 2022 will see up to 100 students from local schools come together for the Technology Tournament. This event gives our young people the chance to work in teams and improve their communication skills while encouraging them to see Design and Technology as both interesting and challenging. Youth Makes MusicYouth Makes Music is the largest of the events Rotary organises for young people. A lot of hard work is done by the music teachers beforehand in selecting and rehearsing the music their students will play leading up to the concert itself in March 2022, held at the impressive Saffron Hall. In previous years, some 200 students have taken part, performing in front of a capacity audience made up of teachers, family members, Rotarians and invited guests. This is a great opportunity for young musicians to perform in front of a big audience at a prestigious venue and to demonstrate the full range of musical talent that exists in Royston’s schools.Kids OutPlanned for June 2022, this is a day out for disadvantaged children at Wimpole Hall. These youngsters visit the rare breeds farm, ride the mini railwayand enjoy a range of activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, kite flying and a picnic. Based on previous years, we expect around 150 youngsters from the local area to enjoy a day of fun.Other ActivitiesWorking with Creative Royston, we plan to sponsor and organise this year’s creative writing competition as part of the Royston Festival. Building on the success of our first forays into these events earlier this year, we intend to run another Young Photographer competition and Young Citizen award in 2022. We were very impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of the young people taking part in these events and would hope they can become a regular feature of our programme in future years. And we have already selected a candidate for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheduled to take place in June 2022. Further details of all these events will be posted on this web-site nearer the time of their taking place.If you would like to know more in the meantime, please contact us here.