District 5500

January 13-16, 2017

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What is RYLA?

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The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive 4-day workshop for youth ages 14 to 17 in grades 9-11. These young adults are chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expense paid training program designed to build, strengthen, and exercise leadership skills used in all aspects of business, community, school and life. RYLA includes recreational and cultural activities, which emphasize individual and team development.

RYLA was organized and officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971 and has since proven to be one of the most sought after and highly recognized leadership training programs of its kind. In fact, colleges look for it and use it as a discriminator on applications. Each year thousands of young adults, RYLA delegates, from incoming freshman to juniors in high school, take part in this experience worldwide. RYLA delegates come together from communities across District 5500 (Southern Arizona) and Exchange students from other countries.

RYLA provides a memorable opportunity to learn, grow and have fun, while making some new friends along the way. Those who attend a RYLA workshop are generally better able to successfully manage their own lives and careers and make a difference in the community.

What Does RYLA Focus On?

RYLA focuses on leadership and professional development. The purpose is to give delegates an opportunity to listen and exchange ideas with other outstanding and potential young leaders. The RYLA core curriculum:

  • Fundamentals of leadership,
  • Ethics of positive leadership,
  • Importance of communications skills in effective leadership,
  • Problem-solving and conflict management,
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem, and
  • Elements of community and global citizenship.

What is the RYLA Experience?

  • Exposure to issues and exchange of ideas with thoughtful people,
  • Chance to explore new career paths or learning about your chosen field through discussion with successful adults,
  • Opportunity to learn how to coordinate activities and service projects at your school or in your community,
  • Ability to discuss creative approaches for resolving family, social, and professional conflicts.
  • Forum to get to know about Rotary decision-makers in your community and find out more about other Rotary programs for young people.

Application Forms

As appropriate, complete the appropriate paper application and the online portion of the application. RYLA is free to participants but the first step is to find a sponsoring Rotary club.

Online Portion of Application. Note your access number so you can update the online portion of the application.