Owner: District Rotary Youth Leadership Committee
Last update: 10/27/2022




RYLA 2022 General Information

General Information: Rotary District 7570 sponsors the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar (RYLA) annually. The seminar brings together high school sophomores, 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, RYLA event on December 2-4, 2022 at the Skelton Conference Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA.
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.



The application can be found here. All applications are due Friday, October 28, 2022.

1) Download the RYLA Application

2) Complete pages 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9

3) Scan pages 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 to a .pdf file

4) Click the RYLA Application Upload button below and submit your application

5)  Checks should be made to "Rotary District 7570"

6) Mail check to Inez Rodenburg, 109 Cedarwood Lane, Danville, VA 24540

Background Checks:

Background checks must be completed by any Rotarian who will be chaperoning the student. Contact Inez Rodenburg Hasson for more information. This needs to be done at least 30 days prior to the event.


Transportation will be provided by the sponsoring Rotary Club, students are not permitted to drive themselves.

Four Way Speech Contest:

The Four Way Speech contest will be held on the afternoon of December 2, 2022. Participants are encouraged to submit an application and submit their video link here. The top three winners will receive a $700, $500, and $300 scholarship respectively. Submittals are due November 20, 2022.  Club sponsors are asked to submit all applications.

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.