rotary youth leadership awards

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world? 

what is ryla?

Is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. 

What are the benefits? 

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? 

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. 

tent build by RYLA team

Delegate Information

"In a world that is forever changing and offering new and demanding challenges, it is crucial that we in Rotary recognise and encourage young adults to develop their skills so they can achieve their potential in work and the world in which they live."

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is designed to improve participants’ confidence and understanding of themselves. The course programme includes:

  • Fundamentals of positive leadership 
  • Importance of communication skills 
  • Problem-solving and conflict management 
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem 
  • The value of teamwork in business and the community 
  • What Rotary is and what it does for the local community 


The programme runs from 4pm on the Saturday you arrive until  2pm the following Saturday. 

The RYLA programme is a mixture of carefully designed learning experiences, a business simulation, challenging exercises using the outdoors and feedback sessions delivered by professional trainers who have experience of working with young people in a challenging environment through education.

The students can be sponsored by either individual Rotary Clubs or a group of clubs. Also, local organisations and companies can support RYLA by sponsoring a member of their staff whom they wish to develop. The sponsors simply pay for the fee and any expenses incurred. It is important that the local Rotary Club has a key involvement in the selection of participants to uphold the standard of the programme.