Call for RYLA Applicants!

Cohase Rotary Club is looking for 15-16yo applicants from the region for RYLA 2017 (June 22-24). The Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference focuses on developing leadership, communication, and team-building skills. This unique opportunity brings young people from VT, NH, and Quebec together to share, evolve and learn to be more effective and self-confident leaders in their schools, teams, communities, and other facets of everyday life. Have a teen in mind? Share this with them!

The application is available to complete online or to print and return.

The 2018 RYLA will be held at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont from 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 22nd through 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th, 2018.The District 7850 RYLA Program Goals are to:

  • demonstrate Rotary’s values of service, high ethical standards, and world peace through a program validating Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • encourage and assist young people in responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a valuable and effective training experience;
  • foster continued & stronger leadership of youth by youth; and
  • recognize and reward publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders.

History of RYLA

Originating in 1959 in Queensland, Australia, RYLA was created as a festival highlighting local youth organized in honor of a royal visit by Princess Victoria. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971. Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to mentor the developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among young people in their communities.

RYLA and Rotary’s New Generations Initiative

Youth Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in Article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution: New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

Who is eligible to attend RYLA?

RYLA participants in District 7850 are students completing their sophomore year (approximately 15-16 years of age). While each local club may develop its own eligibility requirements for accepting applicants (see below), RYLA participants are generally young people who display or have displayed, or are potential candidates to display, the ability to assume a leadership role.