The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) began in Australia in the 1950s and is now run by Rotary throughout the world. Thousands of young people become RYLA graduates every year. RYLA graduates are our future leaders. Sponsoring a RYLA attendee is an investment in that future.
For many years the Rotary Club of Hall has been heavily involved in the conduct of our District’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program and in recent years has been solely responsible for it. Firstly, Michael Brown was the convenor for several years, followed by Vic Gibbons for the last few years. Now Barbara Baikie has agreed to convene the program on behalf of the Rotary District.
Participants return from RYLA motivated and with a renewed sense of self; this adds value to the community, to Rotary and to employers. RYLA represents the commitment Rotary, the community and businesses are making towards the new generations.
RYLA is a challenging six day program that offers a unique opportunity for motivated individuals to access some influential and inspirational speakers and trainers. With presentations, workshops and exercises, attendees will be introduced to concepts of effective leadership including:
- Fundamentals of leadership;
- Ethics of positive leadership;
- Effective communication;
- Problem-solving and conflict management; and
- Building self confidence and self-esteem.
The program is designed to:
- Build on the existing leadership of participants;
- Encourage participants to further develop their own skills, talents and abilities;
- Remind participants of their responsibility to their communities and to the world.
Invitations for RYLA applications are open to young people aged 18 to 25. If you are in the Hall region, please feel free to contact us for more information. The District RYLA website has a lot more information.
Here are some words of appreciation from a recent participant on the program:
“What we learn today will shape who we are tomorrow. I ask my fellow RYLArians to join me and show their appreciation to the Rotary Club of Hall!”
“I feel that every person in the room can teach me something and I value the opportunity to share, learn and grow with them. So to the Rotarians who have made this happen, I would like to thank you. For seeing and believing in the possibilities. This is such a unique opportunity for young people with drive, vision and varying experiences to come together and take ownership of their future.”