RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award

An amazing adventure is coming in June!
June 16 – 18, 2017, our District will host the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). This three-day intensive program is designed to teach high-school juniors leadership skills.  They will be able to use these skills for the rest of their lives.
RYLA is known District wide for changing people’s lives and helping them understand how they can partner with Rotary to make a difference in this world. 100 juniors from high school are expected to converge on Drew University, not only to learn from the best and brightest in our District, and also to learn from each other and figure out how they can support each other in their ongoing projects.
RYLA Starts Friday night with a series of welcome remarks, and dives right into making sure the students get to know each other well. Saturday morning they get up and are immediately treated to several motivational and inspiring speakers.  The speakers will help the students not only to see what they can do, but will also give them actionable takeaways to improve themselves and the ideas that they are passionate about.
In the afternoon the entire agenda is designed to be experiential learning. Some ideas that are presented in a classroom setting are not as effective as taking those same ideas and putting them to work in an experiential learning environment. These events have been specifically designed for the RYLA students.  They will intentionally push them to achieve excellent outcomes while learning.
The highlight of the weekend is a speech given by a motivational speaker who truly teaches the students, in a unique way, how to “break through your fears”. This fundamental experiential learning, coupled with positive groups of people, never fails to excite and inspire the youth. It teaches them the values that Rotary holds so dear.
The next morning, we talk about what they can do by providing them with opportunities within Rotary to continue to serve and work together. These include Interact clubs, short-term and long-term exchanges as well as opportunities throughout the District to become leaders who are capable of making changes in the world.
Rotary clubs around the District say that this is one of their favorite events because it changes people’s lives. Mark, a past attendee said:  “This was the most amazing experience of my life!”  Pam from Moorestown said: “What I learned here I will use for the rest of my life.”Jason said it was “amazing”.
RYLA still has a few vacancies left, so if you have a student who is interested, please see the President of your Rotary club for an application. All students are sponsored by the Rotary club for $275 inclusive.  For complete information and application go to http://rotarydistrict7470.org/SitePage/2017-ryla  (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).