RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

RYLA is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary International. Each year thousands of young people take part in RYLA programs worldwide. 

RYLA 5150 is our leadership training program for sophomore and junior high school students in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. The three day camp emphasizes teamwork, personal growth, and community engagement. 


THE AIMS OF RYLA

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

EVERY RYLA CAMP FOCUSES ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: 

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self confidence and self esteem

ELEMENTS OF COMMUNITY AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CAMP, RYLA PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT TO GAIN PERSONAL AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Communication Skills:

  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Develop listening skills
  • Participate in some public speaking in a warm, supportive environment

Personal Qualities:

  • Identify the various types of personalities
  • Learn to work cooperatively with others
  • Learn about effective time management
  • Learn how to handle stress

Leadership:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective leaders
  • Learn about different styles of leadership
  • Observe effective leaders in a meeting situation

Problem solving strategies:

  • Learn creative thinking skills
  • Learn practical problem solving and decision making skills
  • Use a problem solving model in a practical situation

RYLA Academic Scholarships

Participants are sponsored by local Rotary clubs in District 5150 (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties). All expenses are paid by RYLA and local Rotary clubs. For those who are selected to participate, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of community issues, meet active leaders, and learn valuable leadership skills.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco is the second oldest club in the country, founded in 1908. Rotary San Francisco started RYLA as a community project in 1985, with the support of the San Francisco Rotary Club Foundation. Five years ago, the project was opened to the entire district. Today, over 30 clubs across Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo support high school juniors and seniors in their counties to attend. Rotary Club San Francisco remains the lead sponsor and funder of RYLA.