How Ro­tary course helpedp Gemma

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com A weekly round-up of news and views from Ro­tary clubs in the Peter­bor­ough area: www.ro­tary1070.org

Ro­tar­i­ans recog­nise that the fu­ture of the world will be in the hands of our young peo­ple. We do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­hance their life ex­pe­ri­ence and de­velop fu­ture lead­ers.

A fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity, of­fered an­nu­ally, is a life chang­ing eight day (seven nights) per­sonal train­ing sem­i­nar. Our lo­cal Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Awards (RYLA) is a res­i­den­tial course held at the Grafham Wa­ter Cen­tre. Ro­tar­i­ans in­ter­view and se­lect suit­able can­di­dates aged 18-26 years. We seek out per­sons who show the po­ten­tial and in­cli­na­tion to give lead­er­ship through vol­un­tary and/or vocational ac­tiv­i­ties.

Those lucky enough to be cho­sen em­bark on an es­tab­lished lead­er­ship and de­vel­op­ment course. Dur­ing the course of the week they are chal­lenged to move out­side their com­fort zone but in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. They gain team build­ing skills. Chal­lenges faced are both men­tal and phys­i­cal. Typ­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude: wa­ter sports, prac­ti­cal ini­tia­tive tests, lec­tures, de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­per­sonal and pre­sen­ta­tion skills, camp­ing, map read­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.

Many lo­cal Ro­tary clubs spon­sored young peo­ple to at­tend the 2016 RYLA ex­pe­rien- ce. One such club was St Ives. They sent a can­di­date, Gemma Duma, on the course this year and by all ac­counts she would ap­pear to have had a great time there. Gemma said the course helped her feel more con­fi­dent when lead­ing a group, and not doubt her­self in front of other mem­bers. She de­vel­oped be­lief in her de­ci­sions, even when not ev­ery­one was in agree­ment. Gemma was de­lighted when some peo­ple t thanked her for help­ing them w with dif­fi­cult chal­lenges and mak­ing them feel part of the group. As part of her univer­sity de­gree course Gemma reg­u­larly has to present her work t to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. At RYLA s she has learned to be more con­fi­dent when do­ing pre­sen­ta­tions. This will help her hugely on her course. Gemma is due to come to talk to club mem­bers this month when they will learn much more a about her time on RYLA.

A fu­ture op­por­tu­nity not t to be missed: - if you know of a per­son who could ben­e­fit from this course in 2017 please c con­tact me di­rectly or look u up your lo­cal Ro­tary club to en­quire. Ap­pli­cants must be able to com­mit themselves to the whole week. The course is de­signed on a ba­sis of team com­pe­ti­tion with each day build­ing on the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence gained in the pre­vi­ous days.

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