Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.

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What are the Benefits of RYLA?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What's Involved with RYLA?

RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics.

Your community might host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

How can I participate?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact your local Rotary Club to find out more about RYLA events in your area, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.


Open to High School Students 9th - 11th Grade

Only new students (first time) can apply unless selected for Jr. Staff role. Space is limited for this extraordinary opportunity. Early and correctly submitted applications may get preferential treatment.

Clubs can Sponsor a Portion of the Experience

Ice Cream $200 per day
Service Project addressing hunger $400
RYLA Formal Catered Dinner Dance Celebration $600

(Club to be invoiced on request)

Camp Location

Held at Florida Elk’s Youth Camp
24175 SE Hwy 450, Umatilla, FL 32784


All applications are to be completed online (please refer to the video on how to do so). The application must have a sponsoring club name and contact email for the club so we can notify them when the application is completed for their approval. Please be sure your student/school/advisor knows what to put in this part of the application. ONLY students sponsored by a District 6930 Rotary club may apply.

Come visit for the day or portion of the event to see how extraordinary this experience is!

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