The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program is a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to gain hands-on experience in developing leadership skills with a focus on community service. While the RYLA Conference is for high school sophomores and juniors, RYLA also provides opportunities for RYLA Alumni to step forward and work with Rotarians and other organizations to put their leadership skills into action through the coordination of leadership seminars and community service projects throughout the year. Our 2010 theme was M.K. Gandhi’s ‘Be the Change You Want to See in the World’ – a theme that has become embodied in the work that our RYLArian Alumni have undertaken since then.
Our District’s RYLA Conference is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people chosen for their leadership potential are awarded the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid conference to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Each year, thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide.
Every RYLA includes the following topics:
- Fundamentals of leadership
- Ethics of positive leadership
- Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
- Problem-solving and conflict management
- Rotary’s purpose and service to the community
- Building self confidence and self-esteem
- Elements of community and global citizenship
In Rotary District 7950, young people going into their sophomore or junior year of high school are selected by their local Rotary Club to attend a three-day, all-expense-paid seminar organized and run by RYLA Alumni and Rotarians.
Need a Speaker?
Are you interested in learning more about RYLA? The RYLA Committee is available to come speak at your Rotary Club, as are a large number of RYLA alumni who are eager to share their experiences with you. Our committee also includes a number of former RYLArians who are serving as Student Directors and are a large part of 2014 RYLA planning efforts. Please reach out to RYLA Co-Chairs Greg, Paul, or Bethany to schedule a RYLA speaker today! We are also free to answer any questions you may have outside of your meeting schedule.
How to Get Started?
Thank you very much for your support and interest in our District’s RYLA Program. RYLA 2014 was a incredible success and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better RYLA this year. Please visit www.rylacapecod.org to learn more and see up to date deadlines.
There are a number of resources available to you as you work to find some wonderful RYLA candidates. This year, RYLA is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Our goal is to be able to host 144 RYLArians this year if possible. You can help us make this happen.
There are a number of subsequent pages here with information and supporting documentation that will help you and your club work with the students – from the RYLA application and supporting forms that the students must complete when selected, to sample toolsets and guidelines that you can use as you navigate through the RYLA selection process.
The RYLA Committee has also built a student-facing website to provide non-Rotarians a compelling view of all of our Youth programs and to serve as a gateway to our new online registration process. You can view this content at http://youth7950.org.
Please contact the RYLA Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
RYLA Fast Facts
Transportation: Transportation via Bus will be provided for all students who are located off Cape and Islands.
Note: All RYLA Attendees must be present for the entire weekend. No exceptions can be made.
- This year’s RYLA remains open to high school sophomores and juniors from private, public, vocational, or home schooled environments. The conference fee is $400 and covers meals, lodging, and transportation or those students off Cape.
- Selection and Registration – Rotary Clubs will work with their schools and community to find students to sponsor. Applications and supporting documentation are available here on the District website. Students are to submit their applications to their sponsoring club for consideration.
- Your Club decides whom you will sponsor and send. Applicants should be informed of a mandatory interview with your club’s RYLA selection panel and will be awaiting your contact.
- Our Committee and volunteers can help you find students from your community. We also anticipate a large number of alternates from a number of communities – your sponsorship of a student is greatly appreciated.
- The deadline for student selection is coming soon. Your club should forward all complete applications for your chosen delegates and recommended alternates to the RYLA Registrar. Selected students and Alternates will be then contacted and directed to register via www.youth7950.org where they will find further direction and support in preparing for RYLA 2015.
- Please visit www.rylacapecod.org to learn more and see up to date deadlines.
- As with previous years, we are asking Clubs for additional donations to fund scholarships for deserving alternates and students from unrepresented communities.
- Sponsored students are expected to visit their sponsor Rotary Club after RYLA 2015 and share their experience.
Please contact the RYLA Commitee at email@example.com if you have any questions.
RYLA 2014 will be held May 15-17, 2015 at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster,MA