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Rotary Youth Leadership Award



Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where young people can develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections.


How to plan a RYLA event

Download the RYLA Handbook to learn how to organize a planning committee, draft a budget, develop your program, and create an evaluation strategy.


How districts support RYLA

District governors, RYLA chairs, and district RYLA committees work together to plan events. Contact your district leaders to see how you can get involved.


Are you a district RYLA chair?

We can provide you with program updates, event ideas, promotional strategies, and the district RYLA chair directory to help you connect with your counterparts worldwide. Ask your district governor to report your role in My Rotary under Club and District Administration. Contact ryla@rotary.org for support.


Youth protection and risk management

The safety of young people is a top priority for any Rotary-related activity. All committee members and volunteers should attend a youth protection training seminar before holding a RYLA event. Visit the Youth Protection page on My Rotary or find our Statement of Conduct for Working With Youth and more information on student safety and risk management in the Rotary Youth Protection Guide (PDF). Take the online course Protecting Youth Program Participants in the Learning Center.


How to develop an innovative RYLA

Here are some ways to discover community needs:

  • Ask former participants, parents, teachers, and community leaders how your RYLA program can adapt to a changing world.

  • Focus on developing young leaders who celebrate diversity, create sustainable change, and become service-minded global citizens.

  • Offer a variety of RYLA experiences to different age groups.

  • Provide conflict resolution strategies alongside leadership training.

  • Emphasize professional development and connect participants with opportunities to serve the community through Rotary.

  • Combine leadership development and vocational training to help young people discover their potential and hone skills.

  • Include young people from underserved communities so they become local activists and create positive change.

  • Ask local experts to help your team make RYLA accessible to anyone with physical or cognitive disabilities.

How to connect with Rotary

Connect with RYLA leaders, alumni, and the entire family of Rotary to share best practices and enhance your program:

  • Ask your district governor and district RYLA committee about opportunities to get involved.

  • Search Rotary Showcase to read RYLA success stories from other clubs, to network, and to share ideas.

  • Join the conversation or start your own in a RYLA-related discussion group.

  • Contact Interact and Rotaract clubs in your district to identify potential participants or facilitators.

  • Find contact information in the Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations report (download instructions).

  • Subscribe to the Young Leaders in Action newsletter for the latest updates on Rotary’s programs for young leaders.


Promote your RYLA program

Customize promotional cards and posters with details about your program or download a RYLA banner from Rotary’s Brand Center.

Work with Rotary’s licensed vendors to design your own materials or buy supplies.


Keep RYLA alumni involved

Connect past RYLA participants with Rotary service, leadership, and travel opportunities:

  • Help RYLA alumni stay involved through Interact clubs, Rotaract clubs, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Community Corps, or New Generations Service Exchange.

  • Encourage RYLA alumni to subscribe to our newsletters or network with other alumni.

  • Invite RYLA participants to speak at your next club meeting, join a community service project, or serve as a RYLA counselor.

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