RYLA 2021

Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30

Taking place virtually in partnership with District 7040 

See details below

What is RYLA?

Rotarians recognize that today's youth will become tomorrow's leaders. Preparing these future leaders is a significant task. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program was formally adopted by Rotary International in 1971 and gives the opportunity for youth leaders in our communities to come together to further their leadership skills.

Rotary Clubs in District 7010 annually select and sponsor young people to participate in a weekend leadership training workshop. The "award" is the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, active, and fun weekend. Leadership skills will be developed through challenges involving team work and problem solving and developing a better understanding of one-self will be explored. Recreational programs such as campfires and a coffee house add to the fun.

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for young people
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
RYLA provides young people an opportunity to expand their horizons by:
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Gaining exposure to a variety of issues and people
  • Making new friends
  • Obtaining career information and skills
RYLA participants are exposed to values that Rotarians deem essential for those who hold leadership roles:
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Integrity of character            
  • Commitment to community service

Some comments from previous RYLA weekends:

"It was an amazing weekend. You learn so much about yourself; what it really means to be a leader and what it takes."

"This weekend was enriching and I learned a lot of life skills to take with me."

"My behavioural style - how I can interact with others; how others that aren't my style behave; how to work with others."

"It was an amazing experience. I was impressed with every aspect of the camp. The grounds were beautiful, the food delicious, and every workshop was well worth waking up at 7am to be ready for them."

"Everything is possible....."

Read more here.

For more information contact the RLYA Chair.



The RYLA committee is taking a unique approach to applications this year. In lieu of essay submissions interested youth should submit a 2- 5 minute video taken on their phone, tablet, or computer etc, answering the following questions:

1. What is your name, grade and where are you from (city or town and school)?
2. What do you hope to gain from RYLA?
3. Tell us about something that scares you about being in a leadership position? 
4. What is an issue that you are particularly passionate about and why? If you’ve done something in your community to address this issue tell us about it.

OPTIONAL - Will you be presenting a project in the project forum?* Tell us a little about this project and what you hope to gain from participating in the project forum.   *This year we will be having a “project forum” where participants will have the opportunity to share a leadership project that they are planning to do (or have done in the past and are looking to improve). This is an amazing opportunity to get feedback from like-minded peers, counselors, and mentors, to improve your impact as well as to recruit others to help you make your dream a reality.

These short videos are a great way to get to know you a little bit before camp and will be shown to your sponsor Rotary club, your small group participants (5-8 other youth who you will participate in activities with throughout RYLA in order to help everyone get to know their group before camp starts!) and your assigned counselors. We are not judging based on production value, although feel free to get as creative as you like. If you have any questions or concerns with the application format don’t hesitate to email us  and we will find a solution that works for you.

Clubs who are interested in sponsoring one or more youth should fill out this form as soon as possible indicating the number of youth they are planning to sponsor, and whether or not they need any assistance in the process of recruiting or selecting youth. This year we can accept up to 3 youth per club. Any more than this is dependent on space, please contact the chair (ryla7040@gmail.com). Of note, clubs that receive a large amount of applications generally form a committee to review applications and select students for RYLA.

Registration fees this year are $75 CAD or $59 US. Cheques should be made payable to: RI District 7040 and mailed to: Mike Moore, District Treasurer, 179 Sheridan Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7P 3E7. In Canada only, Interac e-transfers can also be sent to: RotaryD7040@gmail.com (don’t forget to let the chair know the password!) Registration fees can be submitted in advance of selecting participants in order to reserve spots.