What is RYLA? – Info Sheet for Students/Parents

The 2018 ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS took place Friday October 26– Sunday, October 28, 2018.  View some of the highlights from the weekend here!

RYLA is a Rotary sponsored youth leadership training program for high school age students. Each year more than 9,000 young people are sponsored in RYLA programs by Rotary clubs in over 25 countries. Rotarians provide the RYLA program FREE to all participating students.

Rotary District 6580 sponsors an annual RYLA program at Bradford Woods, which is owned and operated by Indiana University and is located in rural Morgan County. The RYLA program takes full advantage of the beautiful wooded setting. Under the guidance of trained facilitators at Bradford Woods, RYLA participants gain valuable leadership skills through a variety of adventurous "learn by doing" opportunities.

RYLA participants sleep in modern cabins and spend most of their day in the outdoor setting. Daily activities are a part of the Bradford Woods Outdoor Challenge Education Program. Some of the activities are only inches from the ground while others are a bit more daring. All require the participants to take a risk, give 100% and be a supportive member of a team. All RYLA students grow in self confidence, gain insights into positive group behaviors and interactions, develop leadership skills, make a lot of new friends, and have a lot of fun in the process.

Objectives of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program

  • To acquaint RYLA participants with the fundamentals of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and further demonstrate Rotary's respect , support and concern for youth. Rotary believes that “Youth are the future!”
  • To encourage and assist selected youth who demonstrate leadership potential in methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a unique training and personal growth experience.
  • To encourage continued and strengthened leadership for youth by youth.
  • To publicly recognize the capabilities and attributes of many young people who are rendering a service to their communities as youth leaders, and who hold great potential as future leaders in their own communities.

Responsibilities of Participating Teens

Local Rotary Clubs make all arrangements and pay all RYLA program fees, so it is imperative that registered students make the commitment to attend RYLA for the entire weekend.  Potential RYLA participants should check the dates carefully before committing to the program. The only other requirement is to come with an open mind and a desire to learn and have fun!

If you have any questions about RYLA, please contact Joy Harter, RYLA District Co-Chair at jharter@cardon.us  or cell phone (812) 320-2543.



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