Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Individuals aged 14-30 to attend events organized by the club's district committee. The specific format of these events may vary from district to district, but they typically consist of seminars, camps, or workshops focused on developing leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to practice and refine these skills through hands-on activities and discussions.
Rotary clubs and districts are responsible for selecting participants and designing the event's curriculum. The goal of these events is to foster the growth and development of young individuals as they prepare to take on leadership roles in their communities. By offering this support and guidance, Rotary Clubs aim to create a new generation of leaders who will contribute to society and make a positive impact in their local communities and beyond.
In 1959, the State Government of Queensland, Australia, invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20's was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned specifically for the princess's age group.
The Gundoo, which means "festival" or "fun together" in Aboriginal language, was a successful event that attracted over 300 men and women between the ages of 17 and 23. Building on this success, Rotary aimed to establish an annual youth program based on the Gundoo concept. The project was approved by Art Brand, the governor of what was then known as District 260. On May 2, 1960, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) became an official Rotary project.
Australian districts 258 and 260 established a committee together that developed the official framework of RYLA: to train youth ages 14-30 in character, leadership, personal development, and good citizenship. These guidelines helped RYLA expand to all Rotary districts in Australia and led to its approval as a Rotary International program by the Rotary International Board at the 1971 Convention in Sydney, Australia.
- RYLA District 1180
- RYLA District 2031
- RYLA District 2032
- RYLA JUNIOR Mantova Italy 2050
- RYLA District 5100 (Oregon & SW Washington. Week long program for young adults ages 19-28)
- RYLA District 5340 (San Diego & Imperial Counties)
- Rocky Mountain RYLA Hosted by District 5440 and District 5450 (Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Idaho & Western Nebraska)
- Great Plains RYLA Hosted by District 5630 (Nebraska)
- RYLA District 5810 (North Texas)
- RYLA District 5870 (Central Texas)
- Iowa RYLA Hosted by District 5970 and District 6000 (Iowa)
- RYLA District 6510 (Illinois)
- RYLA District 6760 (Tennessee)
- RYLA District 7255 (New York)
- RYLA District 7390 (Pennsylvania)
- RYLA District 7410 (NE Pennsylvania)
- RYLA District 7490
- RYLA District 9640 (NSW, Australia)
- RYLA District 9710 (Australia)
- RYLA District 9780 (Victoria, Australia)
- RYLA District 9790 (Victoria, Australia)
- RYLA District 9800 (Victoria, Australia)
- RYLA District 9810
- RYPEN District 9810 (Victoria, Australia) Leadership program for under 18 in District 9810
- RYLA District 9810 (Victoria, Australia) Leadership program for 18 and over in District 9810
- RYLA District 9920 (Central, Eastern & South Auckland as far as Tuakau (including the Pacific Islands of Samoa, Fiji, Rarotonga, Vanuatu & French Polynesia, New Zealand)
- RYLA District 9650 (Central, Western and Northern regional NSW, Australia. Leadership and personal development program for 19 to 26 year olds)
- ^ Rotary International Website Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine