Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA is a training program for young people where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. Each RYLA event is tailored to participants’ ages and interests, reflects community issues, and is presented in a manner consistent with local customs.


The 2017 RYLA Conference will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Any high school sophomore or junior may apply to attend, though the number of positions open to children recommended by Rotary Clubs is limited. Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and have proven leadership experience. Applicants MUST be able to stay for all 5 days of the conference.  Fees are paid by the sponsoring Rotary club, so the experience is free to students and provides a wonderful opportunity to young people during the summer vacation. It has been said that some children show up for the week full of fear but leave with self-confidence and exuberance for life. Please click here for more information, or here to start your application.

Young RYLA

Two Young RYLA Camps for 132 participants (264 total) will be held at the Pondorosa Retreat & Conference Center in Larkspur, Colorado. It will be specially tailored to 7th graders, and any current seventh grader is encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.