|Rotary - What is it?|
One hundred years ago a man named Paul Harris who lived in Chicago, Illinois met with several business friends to talk about mutual business problems. He felt that talking about matters that concerned each of them would prove beneficial not only to themselves but to the community at large. The men liked the idea of the weekly meetings and decided to "rotate" the meeting sites to their respective offices. Thus "Rotary", one of the largest service organizations in the world was born. Today, more than one million men and women comprise over 26,000 clubs throughout the world.
Measured in time and money, Rotary is the largest independent giving organization in the world. The large Rotary world is comprised of Districts. Our Rotary Districts are 5180 and 5190. Each club within our districts pays for and sponsors RYLA scholarships.
|Rotary Youth Leadership Awards|
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a complete scholarship awarded to men and women of high school age who are leaving their junior year and will be next year's senior high class. The intent of the program is to prepare these students for leadership roles in their senior year and beyond.
The International RYLA was actually started by Rotarians in Australia in the early 1950s.
It is the object of RYLA to bring the business, social, professional and educational leaders of the community and the nation together with the young leaders of the future to share with them ideas, techniques, philosophy and inspirational messages.
RYLA scholarships are among the thousands of scholarships given each year by Rotarians worldwide. Through our exchange studies and scholarship programs, students can also visit other countries and attend schools and colleges that might not ordinarily be available to them.
At Camp RYLA you will have the opportunty to learn more about yourself through the voices and eyes of people who have experienced life, people who can help you see things from a different viewpoint. You will learn not only from special speakers, volunteer Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but by interacting with other scholarship winners just like yourtself from high schools from northern California and Nevada.
|How RYLA Scholarship Students are Selected|
The RYLA program is open to all high school students completing their junior year.
The selection of the students is very important to the success of the program. We are looking for students of all backgrounds that have demonstrated leadership potential and will benefit from an opportunity to attend a leadership camp.
The interviewing process by each Rotary club should start no later than April1. Students should contact their school counselor or local Rotarians to learn of the exact date for application.
|Rotary International RYLA Policy|
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice.
|RYLA's Core Curriculum|
Every RYLA includes the following topics:
In addition to the core curriculum, Camp RYLA participants can expect to further develop their personal and leadership skills in the following areas:
Officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, RYLA is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service. Each year thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide. the impact spreads further as the program influences other young people. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs.
RYLA aims to: