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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

How can I participate in RYLA?


Follow RYLA on Facebook to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe.

RYLA participants are nominated by their local Rotary clubs. To learn more about a RYLA event in your area, contact your local Rotary club.



Contact Penny Lynch penny.lynch1@gmail.com or Bill Porter Mporte19@columbus.rr.com.



RYLA 2015:

The young adults that our Daybreak Club sponsored for this year’s RYLA retreat enlighten our group of what they learned from RYLA.

Impressions; there are many different types of leaders such as directors – thinkers – followers, communication is not always by words

but many times actions (non-verbal), there are many different types people and all have different dynamics – everyone has a place, a new meaning of happy was learned, made many friends and new bonds were formed, leaders must also be followers, we must all strive to find harmony. Our Daybreak group was definitely well represented by our RYLA group this year.


Pictured above: Blake Cooper, Juniper Glass-Klaiber, Alexis

Highman, Kaitlyn Lafferty, Noah Moulton, Miranda Reed




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