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ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMME OF ENRICHMENT (RYPEN) provides youth with the opportunity to enhance and develop individual self confidence and personal growth/life skills.

This particular conference is focused on youth who have had limited opportunities to attend leadership development programs.

The leadership development philosophy of the RYPEN program is based upon the "wholistic - meaning whole person" approach (developed by Lyle Benson), with self esteem enhancement through the small group process as the foundation.

Youth will be involved in a variety of active experiential sessions addressing areas such as cooperation, goal setting, group decision making, interpersonal skill development, problem solving attitudes, values clarification, conflict resolution, active listening and communication. This is all accomplished through a "learn by doing" approach, and a "fun with a purpose" attitude.