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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

“RYLA shaped me in ways that are hard to describe, across all aspects of my personal and professional life. But most of all, I left with araging desire to become a better leader and even move active and involved in my community"

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership program for young people ages 14-30.Organized by clubs, districts, or multi districts, RYLA allows participants to learn new skills through civic engagement and personal and professional development opportunities.

Through RYLA events, clubs, districts, and multi districts equip young leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to make real change locally and globally. In turn, clubs and districts benefit from the fresh perspectives of RYLA participants and alumni.


A RYLA program should aim to:

  • Develop young people’s leadership skills and recognize those who are making a positive difference in their communities

  • Instill a lifelong commitment to service in young people and connect them with ongoing opportunities to serve through Rotary

  • Fulfill Rotary’s commitment to youth service by empowering young people through leadership development


Although RYLA is open to young people ages 14-30, we are focusing our event by inviting participants of a similar age and maturity level (16-20) and the number of participants will be between 30 - 50 participants. By targeting a particular age group, we can design a program that meets participants’ needs.

Length and timing

We plan to host RYLA event in three days on 1 - 3 March2024 in Jogjakarta.

Why support RYLA?

There are many good reasons to get involved in RYLA. Here are just a few:

  • Prepare youth for a strong future: As a Rotary or Rotaract club member, you know that our world needs as many young leaders as possible to address local and global challenges. Through the support and guidance of people like you, young people can develop the skills they need to find their voices and take action.

  • Build connections: RYLA provides the perfect opportunity for young leaders in the family of Rotary to connect and collaborate.

  • Expand your reach: RYLA is often a young person’s first encounter with Rotary. Make sure RYLA participants understand the opportunities available to them through Rotary. Encourage them to join an Interact, Rotaract, or Rotary club depending on their age and goals. Explain how they can start their own club if they can’t find one that meets their needs or interests.

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01 - 03 March 2024


Theme and learning goals


Change is inevitable and necessary. The world is changing rapidly and to continue thriving in the years ahead, Rotary must evolve, District must evolve, clubs must evolve. The pace of change has accelerated, and technology has created new opportunities for connection and service.

Learning goals

Improve their ability to enact change within themselves and a team:

  • Believe they have the ability to take actions that positively affect their community

  • Understand that they can expand their leadership skills and learn new ways to grow as people

  • Believe they can influence others to make positive decisions


We are a very diverse group of leaders with diverse beliefs and opinions and we should not limit ourselves with fear of change. Let’s be open-minded and patient to finding the best practices to implement. In Unity we will successfully embrace and apply change for the advancement of our young leaders.

Learning goals

Learn the fundamental of leadership:

  • Use effective communication strategies when expressing their ideas and opinions or trying to influence others

  • Use conflict management strategies

  • Understand how to solve problems ethically


Rotary take action by providing clean water to those who don't have it, feeding those who are hungry, fighting polio which is crippling and debilitating, giving children the opportunity to learn, to read and to write. Rotary is all about the Act of Giving. Every act of kindness makes a difference.

Learning goals

Know how to take meaningful action to address community and global issues, understand the Rotary’s impact in local communities and the opportunities available to young people through Rotary:

  • Understand the importance of addressing the causes of an issue

  • Know how to conduct a community assessment

  • Can work in a team and appreciate the skills and talents of others and put them to use

  • Are aware of Rotary’s causes and the kinds of projects that can be done to advance them

  • Know how to get involved with Rotary, whether by joining a Rotaract, or Interact club or through other Rotary programs



Leadership theories and finding your leadership style:

  • Introduce participants to various leadership theories.

  • Use a worksheet, survey, or group activity to reveal participants’ leadership styles.

  • Discuss the strengths of different leadership styles and the importance of developing teamsthat allow various styles to thrive.

  • Plan small-group activities or interactive workshops that encourage participants with different leadership styles to work together in ways that utilize their strengths.

Communication skills including public speaking skills:

  • Have participants take turns leading group activities.

  • Have a different participant welcome others to each day of activities, introduce each speaker, orexplain each activity during the event.

  • Organize a speech competition in which participants speak about a topic of their choice and receive constructive comments from other participants.


Collaboration and team building:

  • Teach participants how to be effective and empathetic listeners.

  • Emphasize the importance of acknowledging and respecting different perspectives and ideas.

  • Give participants challenges that they can complete successfully only if they work together.

Diversity, unity, and inclusion:

  • Encourage participants to consider what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to them and howthey affect their everyday lives.

  • Help participants write their own diversity, equity,and inclusion statement for their school, aclub, the community, or the RYLA event.


Identifying and addressing community needs:

  • Teach participants how to conduct a community assessment.

  • Assign teams to develop a service-learning project and then present their ideas to the entiregroup.

  • Invite clubs in your district to show participants examples of meaningful service projects and their impact on the community.

Learning format

RYLA events typically feature a combination of keynote speakers, workshops, and team-building activities. We design an interactive program that is both informative and engaging, and balance physical activities, presentations, and group work to hold participants’ attention. Putting participants in a number of situations allows various types of leaders to use their unique abilities.

Here some format that will use in the RYLA event:

  • Ice breakers and socializing

  • Speakers

  • Capacity building / outdoor activities

  • Group discussions

  • Workshops or hand on project


Welcome to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta provides a beautiful backdrop to our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. With its lush greenery and stunning architecture, you're sure to be inspired and energized. Our venue is easily accessible by public transportation or by private car. If you need any assistance with transportation or accommodations, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hosting you in Yogyakarta!

Wisma Pojok Indah
Jl. Kubus No.15, Manukan, Condongcatur,

Kec. Depok,Kabupaten Sleman,

Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

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RYLA Agenda

Wisma Pojok Indah
Jl. Kubus No.15, Manukan, Condongcatur,

Kec. Depok,Kabupaten Sleman,

Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
01 - 03 March 2024

Friday, 01 March 2024

13:00 - 14:30
- Registration
- Lunch & Social
- Announcements

14:30 - 17:00
Program - Change - Leadership & Communication
- Ice breakers
- Small groups discussion
- Capacity building

17:00 - 19:00
Break & Social

19:00 - 22:00
Angkringan & Wedangan
- Dinner & Social
- Opening by District Governor
- Speaker - Change
- Performance discussion in small groups

Lights out


Rotary District 3410 is proud to offer the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program for young leaders like you. Register now to join our community of like-minded individuals and develop your leadership skills for the betterment of your community.

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At Rotary District 3410, we are passionate about mentoring and guiding young leaders through our Rotary Youth Leadership Award program. If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or participating in our program, please get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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