One of the key outcomes of the RYLA Oceania program is that participants will work on a live community project.
For the 2020 program we have been building partnerships with 6 community partners with areas of focus in Environmental Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, Water & Sanitation, Youth Engagement, Education & Literacy as well as Mental Health.
Read more about each of this year’s project below:
Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)
Find out more: https://www.esrag.org/
The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) assists Rotary clubs, districts and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action through the lens of environmental sustainability.
These projects ESRAG promotes educational resources, initiates dialogue about environmental sustainability, and uses best practices in models and assessments for both projects and daily choices. Projects include tree planting, cleanups of oceans and waterways, solar lighting, sustainable gardening and e-waste management initiatives.
Operation Toilets Australia (OTA)
Find out more: https://www.operationtoilets.org.au/
Operation Toilets Australia (OTA) builds toilets and delivers hygiene education programs in schools in developing countries with the special aim of improving the educational opportunities for adolescent girls. OTA partners with Rotary clubs and in-country not-for-profit organisations to build toilets of solid brick construction with sustainable sanitation connections.
A key element of any OTA project is a hygiene education program, WASH, developed by UNICEF. Students are taught to wash their hands after visiting the toilet or before eating. Local communities are also encouraged to become involved. The final part of any OTA project is for a school to commit to an ongoing maintenance program to ensure that their toilets are kept in good working order.
ROTARY LGBT+ Fellowship
Find out more: https://lgbti.rotaract.org.au/
The Rotary LGBT Fellowship is a group dedicated to promoting global friendship, service, and education with the goal of creating an inclusive, understanding and welcoming community, fostering goodwill and peace, and realising a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for LGBT+ people.
ROTARY Oceania RYLA Alumni Association
Every year around 1,000 RYLArians across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands enjoy this unforgettable and life-changing leadership experience, but only a few remain connected after their program.
The Rotary Oceania RYLA Alumni Association serves to engage RYLA Alumni across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands through ongoing professional and personal development, leadership opportunities, and an engaged social network, underpinned by Rotary.
See It * Say It * Share It & Many Nations * Many Voices
See It • Say It • Share It and Many Nations • Many Voices are two early literacy projects supporting indigenous communities. They are both powered by the Immersive Reading Indigenous Support and Iconic Reading Indigenous Support (IRIS) process and supported by Rotary Clubs.
See It • Say It • Share It takes a fresh approach to supporting indigenous literacy, through specific resources that support parents in helping their child to ‘read aloud’ and ‘tell aloud’. Many Nations • Many Voices takes a radical approach to supporting Indigenous languages creating resources that encourage ‘read aloud’ and ‘tell aloud’ in their local language.
VOICES OF HOPE (V.O.H)
Find out more: https://www.thevoicesofhope.org/
Voices of Hope brings awareness of mental health issues and provides hope for those who are struggling with mental illness by promoting mental well-being, empowerment and recovery. They use the experience of mental illness survivors alongside a passion for creating content to provoke and bring change.
Voices of Hope achieves this by creating videos that target mental illness issues as well as writing blog posts on relevant topics. Their content has received both national and international recognition and has caught the attention of companies wanting to support their vision.
If you have a project in mind that you think would suit the 2021 program, head to our Have Your Say! page and leave us a message.