Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience where you develop your skills as a leader whilst having fun and making connections. It offers you an opportunity to to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving. Your new found confidence and skills are then brought back into the community and demonstrated to your sponsoring Rotary club, by way of a short presentation on your experiences.

It’s also great for the CV and provides key skills that have application to your working life.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school, workplace or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

The week-long 2017 course takes place at Rhos-y-Gwaliau, a small hamlet near Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. One Rotarian works with each group to assist the staff instructor. Originally the village school, the Centre was adapted to become an outdoor educational base for Berkshire schools but is now privately owned and is the ideal site for this Rotary inspired course. The Centre is staffed by a small group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor leisure pursuits.

Who’s eligible?

The short answer is anyone aged 14-30 is. Indeed the success of the course depends on there being a good mix of both sexes of different ages, backgrounds, and experience.

The only requirement is that candidates must be prepared to contribute to, as well as benefit from, the course and preference will be given to those who would not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in such an award scheme.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Candidates are sponsored by a Rotary club or possibly an employer. Many clubs sponsor more than one candidate and some involve local businesses who pay for members of staff as part of their development training programmes.

When is the next course?

22nd – 29th July 2017 

How do I apply?

If you are aged 14-30 and would like to be considered for the next course please contact your local Rotary Club or email the District Organiser – Carol Lowe.