Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA brings together individuals from different cultures, educational levels, and work experience with noted community professionals to interact, learn, and discuss strategies for dealing with future challenges and opportunities.
- Open to rising high school Juniors and Seniors
- Candidates should hold a position of leadership or be interested in expanding and displaying leadership qualities.
- Candidates can be a relative of a Rotarian, foreign exchange student, or past recipient.
What Is RYLA?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5340 for the students in San Diego and Imperial Counties. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an “award” for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.
RYLA’s intent is to encourage students to be more effective servant leaders. RYLA is not a camp intended to teach leadership skills (it is assumed that the students in attendance already possess those skills), however the following topics naturally arise in the course of RYLA activities and discussions:
Fundamentals of leadership
Ethics of positive leadership
Qualities of a “servant leader”
Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
Conflict management and problem solving
Building self-esteem and self confidence
Elements of community and global citizenship
Rotary’s purpose of service to the community and world
The South Georgia College campus is perfect for outside activities. SGC also offers recreational facilities for swimming, volleyball, racquetball, and basketball. You will stay in dormatory style rooms and enjoy home cooked meals that will please everyone.
Following the week of RYLA, the RYLArians will have the opportunity to visit their sponsoring Rotary club and share their exciting four day RYLA experience.
The Rotary Connection
Rotary is one of the largest international service associations with some 29,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Its members are dedicated to humanitarian service, high ethical standards in promotion of world understanding and peace.
One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest.
To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs prepare thousands of young leaders through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs each year. RYLA events are organized by Rotarians who are business and professional achievers.
Rotary clubs also sponsor other, complementary programs for young people. They include Rotaract (a service club for young adults), Interact (a service club for secondary school students) and Youth Exchange (a chance to live and study abroad).