brings together individuals from different cultures, educational levels, and
work experience with noted community professionals to interact, learn, and
discuss strategies for dealing with future challenges and opportunities.
rising high school Juniors and Seniors
should hold a position of leadership or be
interested in expanding and displaying leadership qualities.
be a relative of a Rotarian, foreign exchange student, or past recipient.
What Is RYLA?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a
program that originated with Rotary International. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by
recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to
attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service
activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where
they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long
friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social
issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust
and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and
communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find
additional ways to serve.
RYLA's intent is to encourage students to
be more effective servant leaders. RYLA is not a camp intended to teach
leadership skills (it is assumed that the students in attendance already
possess those skills), however the following topics naturally arise in the
course of RYLA activities and discussions:
Fundamentals of leadership
Ethics of positive leadership
Qualities of a "servant leader"
Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
Conflict management and problem solving
Building self-esteem and self confidence
Elements of community and global citizenship
Rotary's purpose of service to the community and world
South Georgia College campus is perfect for
outside activities. SGC also offers recreational facilities for swimming,
volleyball, racquetball, and basketball. You will stay in dormatory style
rooms and enjoy home cooked meals that will please everyone.
the week of RYLA, the RYLArians will have the opportunity to visit their
sponsoring Rotary club and share their exciting four day RYLA experience.
The Rotary Connection
Rotary is one of
the largest international service associations with some 29,000 clubs in
more than 160 countries. Its members are dedicated to humanitarian service,
high ethical standards in promotion of world understanding and peace.
One of the goals
of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership
abilities and self-confidence to the fullest.
To accomplish that
goal, Rotary clubs prepare thousands of young leaders through Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs each year. RYLA events are organized by
Rotarians who are business and professional achievers.
Rotary clubs also
sponsor other, complementary programs for young people. They include
Rotaract (a service club for young adults), Interact (a service club for
secondary school students) and Youth Exchange (a chance to live and study