Madeleine Pawlowski

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Friday, May 28 to Sunday May 30, 2021 -- Online
 
2021 Important Dates
 
Jan- 15 - This page is updated with all 2021 camp information  & applications open for youth
March 31- Deadline for Rotary Clubs to fill out intent to sponsor form (link below)
April 17- Applications close for youth
April 23 - Selection deadline for Rotary Clubs to submit names of sponsored candidates and submit registration fees to district
 
 

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (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 re-caping last year’s RYLA !

 

Where does RYLA take place and how do I get there?

This year's conference will happen online using Zoom, Google Classroom and other virtual platforms and activities. The online link will be provided closer to the start date once all students are registered.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

District 7040 RYLA is open to high school and CEGEP students ages 15-18 living in District 7040 & District 7010.

 

I’m interested in attending, where do I start?

Youth who are interested in participating should fill out this form.

Once you’ve filled out the form above you can get started on part 2 of your application! 

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 about it 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 (ryla7040@gmail.com) and we will find a solution that works for you.

 

Our Rotary club wants to sponsor participants, where do we start?

 

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. 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.


 
Questions?
 
Contact the RYLA chair at ryla7040@gmail.com. 
 
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