RYLA

Owner: District Rotary Youth Leadership Committee

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS SEMINAR

 

(RYLA-2016)


RYLA 2021 General Information

General Information: Rotary District 7570 sponsors the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar (RYLA) annually. The seminar brings together high school juniors and seniors from Winchester, Virginia to Greenville, Tennessee for a weekend of fun and an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, participate in team activities, practice leadership skills and grow personally by sharing ideas and experiences with peers throughout the district. Participation in the Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest is encouraged but is optional. 
 
We are excited to announce that Rotary District 7570 will host an in-person, single-day RYLA event on December 4, 2021. Simultaneously, five in-person events will be coordinated throughout the district to enable safe COVID protocols while also providing an engaging experience for the participants in person! 
 
Dr. Adolph Brown is our keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Brown is well known for inspiring and encouraging participants to tap into their inner potential to create the change they want to see. Presentations and teambuilding exercises will focus on RYLA's key focus areas of leadership, communication, and collaboration. Participants will also learn about Rotary, Interact, and Rotary Youth Exchange. This year's unique RYLA events across our District will be an engaging and transformative experience for all participants!
 
Application information, including location information for the five events, will be available soon!

 
 
We are excited to announce that Rotary District 7570 will host an in-person, single-day RYLA event on December 4, 2021. Simultaneously, four in-person events will be coordinated throughout the district to enable safe COVID protocols while also providing an engaging experience for the participants in person!
 
RYLA Locations:
  • Northern Virginia 4H Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Skelton 4H Center, Wirtz, VA
  • The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Tusculum University, Greenville, TN
 
Application:
The application can be found
here. All applications are due Sunday, November 21. There will be a $10-$15 application fee that can be paid for by either the student or the club. 
 
Background Checks:
Background checks must be completed by any Rotarian who will be interacting with a student during the RYLA event. Contact
Inez Rodenburg Hasson for more information. This needs to be done at least 30 days prior to the event.

Transportation:
Students are encouraged to find their own transportation due to the close proximity of the event; however, clubs are encouraged to assist when this is not possible.

Participants:
Since we were unable to provide a RYLA experience last year, this event is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Four Way Speech Contest:
The Four Way Speech contest will be held as a separate event. Participants are encouraged to submit an application and submit their video link
here. There is no application fee, and the top three winners will receive a $700, $500, and $300 scholarship respectively. Applications are due Sunday, November 21.

Other notes:
Participants are not required to be in Interact or a traditional school setting. Home schooled students are encouraged to participate, as well. Clubs are encouraged to reach out to all youth that would benefit from this experience.