What is RYLA?

 

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 the local RYLA programs worldwide. 

RYLA 5150 is our leadership training program for sophomore and junior high school students. The three day camp emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. 


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. Scholarships are awarded to individual campers based upon evaluations and observations made by the RYLA camp staff.  In the past 18 months, RYLA alumni have used scholarship funds to take courses at UC Berkeley, John Hopkins University, and San Diego State University. For those who are selected to participate, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and life skills.

The generosity of the Rotary Club of San Francisco (http://www.sfrotary.com) allows RYLA to award special academic scholarships for selected campers to pursue a higher education.  In the past year, they awarded five $1000 scholarships.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco has been an integral part of RYLA in Rotary International District 5150.  In 1985, the Rotary Club of San Francisco, the second oldest Rotary club in the world, started this program as a club project known as Camp Enterprise.  Four years ago, the project was open up to the whole district.  However, the SF Rotary Club has remained the largest single source of financial support.

In the past two years, this club has stepped forward and enhanced that support by designating specific funds to be awarded as academic scholarships.