In this week’s meeting we will talk about Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Below is the information form Rotary International’s website about RYLA. We are presenting it here as a learning tool for our Rotary members to become familiar with the program and why it is important.

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics.

Your community might host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

How can I get involved?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact your local Rotary club to find out more about RYLA events in your area, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.

Are you a member or alumnus of Interact, Rotaract, or Rotary Youth Exchange? RYLA can reconnect you with Rotary. Attend a local, regional, or international RYLA event to continue building your leadership skills or volunteer as a peer mentor.

Want to organize a RYLA event?

Energize the next generation of community leaders through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Not only will RYLA help young people develop their potential as service-minded leaders, it will energize and inspire your Rotary club and challenge you to discover your own power to be an influential community leader.

How To Organize a RYLA Event

Energize the next generation of community leaders with a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event. RYLA gives your club the opportunity to develop young leaders while inspiring them to connect, exchange ideas, and take action in their schools and communities.

What is RYLA?

RYLA is a leadership development program that is organized at the club, district, or multidistrict level. The format of your event depends on what you hope to accomplish, your resources, and your audience – it could be a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp.

While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young adults. You can use RYLA to engage at-risk youth, motivate Interact or Rotaract club officers, reconnect with Rotary alumni, or mentor young professionals to become responsible leaders.

Getting started

You can find complete details for organizing a RYLA in the . As you begin planning your event, consider the following questions:

  • Who is our audience?
  • What are our goals? How will we measure our success?
  • What type of program do we want to host: a camp, workshop, seminar, or something else?
  • Who will organize the event: our club, district, or several districts?
  • How will we pay for the event?
  • Where can we find counselors and volunteers?
  • How will we find participants?

Develop your program

Once you’ve decided what type of event to hold, begin planning your program. Consider the interests and ages of your participants and talk with past RYLA participants to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Find a complete list of topics recommended by the RI Board for all RYLA programs in the .

Youth protection and risk management

The safety of young people is a top priority for any Rotary-related event. All committee members and volunteers should attend a youth protection training seminar in advance of RYLA. Learn how you can keep your participants safe and minimize risks in the .

Will young people be traveling outside their local community to attend your RYLA event? Follow , which include special provisions for long distance and international travel.

Find our Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth and more information on student safety and risk management in the .

How can I participate in a RYLA event?

Contact your local Rotary club to find out about RYLA events in your area. Follow RYLA on to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe.

Resources & reference



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  • District RYLA chair

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