About Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an exciting, and challenging, leadership training program for leaders, and ‘potential’ leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30. Our seminar runs for three & a half days in District 5050 (B.C. & Washington State). This amazing event is funded by Rotarians. Your Rotary Club Sponsor will pay the full cost of participation.

RYLA Participants

The RYLA program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, understand Conflict Resolution, learn about businesses and institutions and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends. RYLA provides young adults the opportunity to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers and elders. RYLA provides Rotarians the chance to help develop leaders, share valuable expertise and bridge the gap between generations.

District 5050’s RYLA Mission Statement:

To create an environment to identify and develop personal leadership skills, team building, individual potential and promotion of service with a focus on the 4-Way Test and on the principles of respect, understanding and caring.

Rotary International District 5050 straddles the border and includes clubs from Washington State (US) and British Columbia (Canada) in the following jurisdictions: Snohomish (from Everett north), Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom Counties represent the US. In Canada…Surrey, Delta, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Mission, Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope represent District 5050.