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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

June 12-15, 2024

College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick GA

Rotary Intl. District 6920


2022-2023 Rotary International Theme: Create Hope in the World

Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally’s theme for the 2023-24 Rotary year, is a call to action, to  “Create Hope in the World”

He explains that the goal is to restore hope to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and to help achieve lasting change. President Gordon emphasized the need for peace and continuity, including work to empower women and work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, while not neglecting our Rotary mission to end polio.

Even as RYLA 23-24 comes at the end of a year sadly full of conflict and tragedy around the world – we choose to re-dedicate ourselves to this beautiful and achievable Rotary Theme.  

RYLA 2023-2024 will echo that challenge – inspiring attendees to explore ways to use their social connections, and diverse friends & experiences to build partnerships that truly create hope in their communities – and around the the world.


What to Expect

Come enjoy an exciting program with dynamic people on the campus of the College of Coastal Georgia, next door to St Simons and Jekyll Islands. RYLA participants attend an all expense paid four day event, where individuals can expand their perceptions, learn about themselves, discuss leadership skills, and put those skills to practice.

Keynote Speakers
RYLA is a once in a lifetime experience, including stimulating seminars and lectures by top professionals in a wide diversity of professional experience.

RYLA brings together individuals from different 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 H.S. 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.

During your RYLA experience

You will have an opportunity to:

  • Share and explore new ideas
  • Enhance communication skills to improve your relationships with family, friends and society
  • Collect innovative ideas for key leadership & successful business strategies
  • Network with positive leaders
  • Explore family dynamics, interpersonal
    relationships and values
  • Learn to better understand ourselves & others
  • Learn about Rotary’s purpose & service to the community
  • Learn techniques for problem solving and
    conflict management

The College of Coastal Georgia campus is perfect for outside activities. CCG offers recreational facilities for swimming, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. You’ll stay in dormitory style rooms and enjoy great food.  Following the week of RYLA, the RYLArians will have the opportunity to visit their sponsoring Rotary club and share their exiting four day RYLA experience.

For More Information, please contact: Leslie Mattingly, District 6920 RYLA Chair RotaryD6920.RYLA@gmail.com 

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District Contact

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Chair

Leslie Mattingly


Mailing address for RYLA applications & business

District 6920- RYLA
PO Box 20461
St Simons Island, GA 31522