Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
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;
· Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.
Development of future leaders is more important than ever: As part of Rotary’s emphasis on helping children this year, Rotarians will want to grab an opportunity to help shape the lives of future generations by taking an active role in the development of their leaders. RYLA offers that opportunity.
The age range for the RYLA program is 14 - 30. However, most organizers choose to focus either on the 14 - 18 or the 19 - 30 age groups as their needs are so different.
Furthermore, most organizers narrow the range to a couple of years e.g. juniors and seniors in high school in the USA - the range really depends on the program that the organizers are planning.
Since it became an official Rotary program in 1971, RYLA has assisted thousands of young people to develop leadership skills at camps, seminars, and workshops. Warwick Bateman, a Rotary International 1998-99 RYLA committee member who has participated in 17 RYLA courses in District 9680 in Australia, considers the program more relevant than ever.
“Pressure on youth is increasing,” Bateman said. “Standards and values are being challenged from every corner. More than ever, young people need strong, effective leadership.”