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 high school sophomores and juniors 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 Camp Scholarships

Participants are sponsored and all expenses are paid by more than 35 local Rotary clubs in District 5150 (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties).  For those selected to participate, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, meet active leaders from other high schools across the district, gain exposure to a variety of community issues, and learn valuable leadership skills. 

The Rotary Club of San Francisco, the second oldest club in the world founded in 1908, started RYLA as a community project in 1985 with the support of its San Francisco Rotary Foundation.  In 2013, the project was opened to the entire district and thousands of sophomores and juniors from over 40 high schools have been supported to participate.  The Rotary Club of San Francisco and its San Francisco Rotary Foundation remain the lead sponsors of RYLA.