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RYLA 2023 - May 26 (Friday) - May 28 (Sunday)
2023 Important Dates 
Mar. 10- Deadline for Rotary Clubs to fill out intent to Sponsor Form
April 28- Deadline for Rotary Clubs to confirm names of sponsored candidates and submit registration fees to district. 
May 5 -Last day for selected participants to submit participant registration forms including short videos (see registration form below)
What is RYLA?
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts around the world. It is entirely volunteer-run with many organizers and counselors being past RYLA delegates themselves. Participants attend RYLA with the financial support of a local Rotary club who “award” youth with a chance to participate in this once in a lifetime experience. Youth are selected based on the demonstration of leadership potential and a desire to be of service to their local and global communities. After RYLA, participants are required to present to their sponsor club based on their experience.
What do participants experience at RYLA?
At RYLA participants:
  • Develop skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in their school or community.
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors.
  • Unlock their potential to turn motivation into action.
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships!
Check out this video from last year's RYLA - 2021 
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Where does RYLA take place and how do I get there?
The event will be hosted at RKY Camp on beautiful Eagle Lake one hour north of Kingston. 
Who is eligible to apply?
District 7040 RYLA is open to high school and CEGEP students ages 15-17 living in District 7040.
Public Health and Safety
Please know that every precaution will be undertaken to insure the health and safety of  the young people in our care. We will adhere rigorously to public health protocols, institute rapid testing onsite and practice appropriate social distancing and mandate masking where social distancing is not possible. All participants must be fully vaccinated in order to attend RYLA. In the event that we cannot host RYLA safely in person, it is our plan to pivot to online.
Our Rotary club wants to sponsor participants, where do we start?
Clubs who are interested in sponsoring one or more youth should complete the Club Sponsor 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 available after the application deadline.
As a club lead, please assist the chosen student(s) in completing the registration form (below) and make sure they note the name of your Rotary club on the form. This is how we will know to whom to forward their completed form when we receive it. It is very important that you work closely with the local high school Guidance team or designated teacher. Please continue to stay in touch with students between the time the registration form is submitted and the start of the event. Has the student checked to see if there are any conflicts with RYLA dates (e.g. the Prom, assignments/tests on Friday, shifts at work)? These matters will ensure that nothing is missed.
Club Payment Details From the District website, go to Events - Event Planner and scroll down to RYLA. Register only the students you are sponsoring as "Guests/Additional Guests" in order to generate the correct payment amount. Once delegates are registered, click the "Proceed to Payment" button. My apologies for the lengthy instructions but the website does not make it easy!)
Final selection of applicants continues to remain at the club level (not the school). However, if your club is new to the process (i.e., hasn't sponsored applicants in the past) and needs assistance or advice with how to go about selecting applicants, please let us know. Of note, clubs that receive a large number of applications generally form a committee to review applications and select students for RYLA. Once your club makes the final selection of candidates, please let us know the names of the students selected. We will then get in contact with them to make certain that the forms are accurate and complete, provide more details about the program and send out care packages for the event! We will also review their short videos to help create student groups and to assist with planning of workshops tailored to the interests of attendees.
I’m interested in attending so where do I start?
Reach out to your school Guidance counsellor and local Rotary club. The Rotary club in your community is responsible for selecting candidates. Once you have been selected, you should fill out this form. Details for video component of application (first question of form) are below:
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.
  5. 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.
We are very excited to announce that RYLA 2023 will again be an in-person event at RKY Camp. The camp, located on Eagle Lake north of Kingston, was founded by the Rotary Club of Kingston. It is an ideal location for the clubs in the District and we have an outstanding program planned.
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