What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is District 7980’s leadership training program for young men and women ages in grades 10, 11 and 12 (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors). These talented youth from area high schools are selected by their local Rotary clubs to attend a weekend conference designed to increase their leadership skills and commitment to community service. RYLA is held twice a year; a spring session and a fall session. RYLA is an internationally recognized program. Each year more than 9,000 young adults are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in over 25 countries. Dedicated Rotarians and selected presenters make up the RYLA team.  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards has 25,000 students and young adults participating globally.

The Objective of RYLA

To develop personal and leadership skills with a focus placed on communication, problem-solving and management abilities. The program also introduces young people to the responsibilities of community service and global citizenship.

Rotary’s motto – ‘Service Above Self’


RYLA Fall 2014 video

Candidate Criteria

Sophomore, junior, or senior high school student who:

1. Demonstrates leadership in school or community organizations.
2. Ability to make moral decisions; knowing right from wrong.
3. Willing to be a participating member of a group.
4. Be informed about current events; local, state, national and international.
5. Willingness to express one’s thoughts in front of an audience.


RYLA Dates:

FALL 2023

* Application due date:  Friday, OCTOBER 20th, 2023

* Sponsorship payment due date: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2023

* Conference Dates: Friday, OCTOBER 27th 9:00 AM – Sunday, October 29th 5:00 PM


The cost is $350 for the sponsor/sponsoring organization

** The conference begins on Friday morning at 9:00 AM
** The conference ends on Sunday at 5:00 PM

Late arrivals or early departures are not allowed.


Click here for the Rotary International RYLA Handbook

Click here to register for RYLA