Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people from 18 to 26 are chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Every RYLA program covers the following core 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
Rotary Clubs need to nominate RYLA candidates. Potential candidates may care to contact their local club to discuss their application to be a part of this wonderful program. The Application form and associated documents are available on the "RYLA Forms" page.
Information about the next RYLA camp can be requested from the District RYLA Committee Chairman, Don Kerley
The RYLA experience was developed in Australia. The first program was held in 1960 in Brisbane and the program flourished throughout Australia. Rotary International officially adopted the RYLA program in 1971 and each year; thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide.
RYLA aims to:
* Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
* Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
* Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
* Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.
International RYLA links
Visit the RYLA website produced by Rotary International.
The International Rotary RYLA Committee also maintain their own website. Visit this website through a link on the Rotary International website: www.rotary.org/