Project Description

The National Youth Science Forum is a non-profit organisation that runs several residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. It is Australia’s longest running and most well-known science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach program.

Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.

The NYSF is run by youth for youth, with a certain number of participants being selected each year to come back and participate in our Student Staff Leadership Program (SSLP) in preparation to help run the program the year after they first attended.

Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF, and every year Rotarians continue to support the Year 12 Program through promoting the opportunity in local communities, managing applications and selections of students, and assisting with funding or fund-raising for student fees to attend the Year 12 Program. Rotarians also volunteer during the Year 12 Program in January. We estimate that Rotarians contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the NYSF every year.

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour has sponsored 10 young people to attend the National Youth Science Forum in the last 20 years.

To learn more about the National Youth Science Forum, please visit rotarydistrict9675.org/page/nysf.

To apply for NYSF sponsorship, or learn more about our participation in this project, please email newgenerations@rotarydarlingharbour.org.au.