Rocky Mountain RYLA

RM RYLA is a life-changing leadership training program in Rotary Districts 5440 and 5450 for young men and women that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to: a. Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth. b. Provide an effective training experience for young leaders and potential leaders. c. Encourage leadership of youth by youth. d. Publicly recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.

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RYLA

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program in Rotary Districts 5440 and 5450 for young men and women that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
a. Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth.
b. Provide an effective training experience for young leaders and potential leaders.
c. Encourage leadership of youth by youth.
d. Publicly recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.

2013 marks the 27th RYLA conference in Colorado. RYLA takes place every July at the YMCA in Estes Park; 240 high school juniors and seniors from Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nebraska participate each year. The conference is managed by over 50 volunteers, ranging in age from 17 to 80. Every attendee receives a $450 scholarship and is able to attend the conference for free.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Currently there are over 450 applicants for the 240 slots every year, which speaks to the success and popularity of the program.

Also, Junior Counselors guide a group of conferees through RYLA and youth are eligible to apply for these positions after attending RYLA. The conference team receives approximately 120 applications each winter (half of the conferees) for Junior Counselor positions.

Many past RYLArians have said "It was the best week of my life!"

Young RYLA

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Description

Young RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program in Rotary Districts 5440 and 5450 for young men and women that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
a. Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth.
b. Provide an effective training experience for young leaders and potential leaders.
c. Encourage leadership of youth by youth.
d. Publicly recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.

2014 marks the 13th Young RYLA conference in Colorado, and the first time Young RYLA has run for two consecutive weeks. Young RYLA takes place every July at Camp Ponderosa in Larkspur; 240 eighth grade students (120 each week) from Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nebraska participate each year. The conference is managed by over 50 volunteers, ranging in age from 17 to 80. Every attendee receives a $450 scholarship and is able to attend the conference for free.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Currently there are over 400 applicants for the 240 slots every year, which speaks to the success and popularity of the program.

Participants demonstrated an 8% overall gain in skills such as; looking at the positive in all situations, stepping outside their comfort zone, encouraging others to succeed, engaging in service, asking for help when needed, and comfort leading peers.

Young RYLA attendees have said:
"I am definitely going to get involved in more community service, reach out to others, ask for help if I need it, and try to be the leader I am everyday."
"I will live, breathe, and sleep YRYLA. I want and am ready to make a difference."
"I will stop judging people and lead with confidence and strength. I will make a big difference because I finally found myself."

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