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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Rotary International District 9790

 

The next RYLA conference is happening from November 18 to 24, 2018.

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District 9790, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults, ages 18-30, to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary. RYLA is an intensive experience-based conference 7 days and 6 nights. The RYLA Conference is organised by previous RYLArians and Rotarians from across the District.

Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs or self nominated after hearing about the conference through friends. The conference offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills.

RYLA gives young leaders the opportunity to serving their own communities and beyond. In turn, RYLA can bring new energy to a Rotary district, inspire ideas for service, increase support of community service projects, and develop future Rotarians.

Each RYLA shares the following program objectives to:

  • demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • encourage and assist young people in responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a valuable training experience
  • foster continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth
  • publicly recognize the many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders

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  • A great learning experience on life skills and an awesome place the develop those skills, and meet new people.

  • It challenges you. You’re give the tools you need to become the person you need to be.

  • A great experience and opportunity to learn about yourself.

  • Intense and life changing.

  • An amazing, challenging experience for the mind, body and soul.

  • A challenge and an opportunity for incredible personal growth.

  • An opportunity to switch off from what’s familiar and comfortable for you, and push and expand on your attributes and comfort zones. Great life skills and knowledge.

  • A place where you can learn about yourself and the type of leader you are, or the type of leader you CAN be.

how-to-apply

In District 9790, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award comprises a Certificate, awarded upon completion of the seven day RYLA Conference for which all costs can be met by a combination of the sponsoring club, the participant and the employer or by the Rotary alone. The conference investment covers the following: transport to the venue, food, accommodation, presentations, outdoor leadership challenges, entertainment and voluntary professional training staff.

Who is eligible?

Any active or potential young leader aged between 18 – 30 years is eligible. RYLA assumes that leadership is a diverse and varied concept. RYLA does not accept that any one form or style of leadership is more important compared to another form. RYLA values all young people who see themselves as leaders in any sphere.

To Apply for an Award

Step 1: Complete the application form here

Step 2: Contact your local Rotary Club and organise to visit them to introduce yourself and schedule an interview.

More steps will then be provided by the committee once your application is received.

Selection of Awardees

Each Rotary club will form a selection panel to interview applicants and select its participants.

As with other Rotary programs, it is suggested that clubs ensure reserve participants are available. Reserves cover those last minute unpredicted events. An empty space at RYLA is a lost opportunity. It will also cost a non-refundable administrative fee, contact the RYLA committee for information.

 

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Testimonials

  • Vanessa, 2008

    Attending RYLA taught me to trust others and, more importantly, myself. Not only did I gain leadership skills and confidence, but I also gained close friends and mentors. ~Vanessa, sponsored by Albury North Rotary, 2008

    Vanessa, 2008
  • Shanelle, 2013

    I had the most amazing week on the RYLA conference. It has changed my life. Shanelle is ready to shine! ~Shanelle, sponsored by the Tatura Rotary, 2013

    Shanelle, 2013
  • Grant, 2008

    Before RYLA I was a shy young man who had trouble making new friends and was really struggling with my new life at University. Since RYLA I have had the confidence to completely change my life. I now have a direction and goals and cant wait to really live to my potential! ~Grant, sponsored by the Pascoe Vale Rotary, 2008

    Grant, 2008
  • Brad, 2013

    RYLA was very scary at first yet I knew I had to do it, to better myself. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. Since attending RYLA I have started to achieve some very exciting goals a lot sooner that I thought too. I’m a new man!! ~Brad, sponsored by Yea Rotary, 2013

    Brad, 2013
  • Steven, 2013

    For the last week I have had no mobile reception, no car, no computer, in country Vic having probably the best week of my life. I have spent heaps of time & money on educating myself in life, business & leadership, & NOTHING comes close to this experience. ~Steven, sponsored by the Albury West Rotary, 2013

    Steven, 2013
  • Kat, 2009

    Years of bullying had caused me to constantly try and change myself so the bullies would leave me alone. This insecurity amplified my natural tendency to be a control freak. A week at RYLA changed all that. I learnt to accept a lot of my personality and slowly began to become comfortable being myself. Post RYLA I’m a lot more relaxed, comfortable with myself and, most of all, open to change. Honestly, if I hadn’t attended RYLA I don’t know where I’d be today. ~Kat, sponsored by Bundoora Rotary, 2009

    Kat, 2009
  • Emma, 2013

    I went into RYLA with the idea that I was going to further my skills for my community work. I came out of RYLA with so much more than that, I now have skills that I can use in my family life and also my work life.

    Emma, 2013
  • Jessica, 2015

    I had the most amazing experience attending the RYLA Conference.  Years of bullying had shattered my confidence and my ability to trust myself or anyone else and I couldn’t let anyone in.  The week I spent at the RYLA Conference helped me to regain my confidence and learn to love and trust myself again.  The people I met, both mentors and fellow RYLArians accepted me for who I am with out criticism or judgement and as the week wore on I found my walls start to come down.  I found some great friends and I found myself.  RYLA has literally changed my life. ~Jessica, sponsored by Cobram Rotary, 2015

    Jessica, 2015
  • Shelley, 2015

    I had a lot of education before RYLA about leadership, but nothing has ever been as life changing as this conference. Not only did it give me the right tools to become a great leader, it also addressed some mental health issues I’d been suffering with leading up to the conference. I may have started at this conference as a leader, but I came out of it as a well-rounded person actually capable of reaching my full potential. ~Shelley, sponsored by Diamond Creek Rotary, 2015

    Shelley, 2015
  • Vanessa, 2008

    Attending RYLA taught me to trust others and, more importantly, myself. Not only did I gain leadership skills and confidence, but I also gained close friends and mentors. ~Vanessa, sponsored by Albury North Rotary, 2008

    Vanessa, 2008
  • Shanelle, 2013

    I had the most amazing week on the RYLA conference. It has changed my life. Shanelle is ready to shine! ~Shanelle, sponsored by the Tatura Rotary, 2013

    Shanelle, 2013
  • Grant, 2008

    Before RYLA I was a shy young man who had trouble making new friends and was really struggling with my new life at University. Since RYLA I have had the confidence to completely change my life. I now have a direction and goals and cant wait to really live to my potential! ~Grant, sponsored by the Pascoe Vale Rotary, 2008

    Grant, 2008
  • Brad, 2013

    RYLA was very scary at first yet I knew I had to do it, to better myself. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. Since attending RYLA I have started to achieve some very exciting goals a lot sooner that I thought too. I’m a new man!! ~Brad, sponsored by Yea Rotary, 2013

    Brad, 2013
  • Steven, 2013

    For the last week I have had no mobile reception, no car, no computer, in country Vic having probably the best week of my life. I have spent heaps of time & money on educating myself in life, business & leadership, & NOTHING comes close to this experience. ~Steven, sponsored by the Albury West Rotary, 2013

    Steven, 2013
  • Kat, 2009

    Years of bullying had caused me to constantly try and change myself so the bullies would leave me alone. This insecurity amplified my natural tendency to be a control freak. A week at RYLA changed all that. I learnt to accept a lot of my personality and slowly began to become comfortable being myself. Post RYLA I’m a lot more relaxed, comfortable with myself and, most of all, open to change. Honestly, if I hadn’t attended RYLA I don’t know where I’d be today. ~Kat, sponsored by Bundoora Rotary, 2009

    Kat, 2009
  • Emma, 2013

    I went into RYLA with the idea that I was going to further my skills for my community work. I came out of RYLA with so much more than that, I now have skills that I can use in my family life and also my work life.

    Emma, 2013
  • Jessica, 2015

    I had the most amazing experience attending the RYLA Conference.  Years of bullying had shattered my confidence and my ability to trust myself or anyone else and I couldn’t let anyone in.  The week I spent at the RYLA Conference helped me to regain my confidence and learn to love and trust myself again.  The people I met, both mentors and fellow RYLArians accepted me for who I am with out criticism or judgement and as the week wore on I found my walls start to come down.  I found some great friends and I found myself.  RYLA has literally changed my life. ~Jessica, sponsored by Cobram Rotary, 2015

    Jessica, 2015
  • Shelley, 2015

    I had a lot of education before RYLA about leadership, but nothing has ever been as life changing as this conference. Not only did it give me the right tools to become a great leader, it also addressed some mental health issues I’d been suffering with leading up to the conference. I may have started at this conference as a leader, but I came out of it as a well-rounded person actually capable of reaching my full potential. ~Shelley, sponsored by Diamond Creek Rotary, 2015

    Shelley, 2015

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Our Speakers and Sponsors

Thank-you to our sponsors and speakers

Without their generous support RYLA would not happen each year.

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The PGT Team

The PGT Team

Tim and Paul


Tim and Paul are an integral part of the RYLA team. Paul is an expert group facilitator and outdoor education genius and Tim is a clinical psychologist, working with adolescents and young adults (ages 13-25). Together they take the RYLA cohort to a new level of team development through a range of leadership challenges. Challenge-by-choice and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is Tim and Paul’s focus at RYLA.

Winston Marsh

Winston Marsh

Marketing Guru

Known as “Mr Wow!”, Winston Marsh is “The Marketing Guru” and has delivered down-to-earth, practical presentations for almost every type of business large and small, local and multinational. In addition he has also worked “hands on” with hundreds of businesses to help them achieve incredible results. His articles in business journals around the world have enjoyed huge readership and his audio and video programs have helped many businesses to achieve quite stunning results. Winston kindly joins us each year and delivers an amazing presentation on marketing yourself.

Mark Schenk

Mark Schenk

Public Speaker


 
Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been the managing director of Anecdote since 2004 and has the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies.
 
 

Mark Molony

Mark Molony

Mindful Life Caoch

 
Mark Molony is a Mindful LIFE practitioner, therapist and coach. Mark’s intention is to support others in generating new sustainable ways of being in themselves and with others that will encourage genuine happiness in their lives.

Mark joins us each year to speak about mindfulness and emotions in our daily lives.
 

Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein

Corporate Consultant

Daniel has considerable experience in sales and revenue re-generation for service industries. He has been able to provide tangible results across a wide-range of markets and organisations through a clear focus on outlining the strategic structure, aligning teams and individual contributors with organisational goals, and incorporating end-customers’ drivers. Daniel joins us each year to discuss values lead leadership and the ways in which our values and beliefs interact in our lives.

Grant Godino

Grant Godino

Global Citizen

Grant is a corporate trainer, business analyst and group facilitator for the Victorian State Government. Grant has been with RYLA since he was a RYLArian in 2008. He is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate and a Rotarian, who presents on Global Citizenship and Conflict Resolution at RYLA. Grant’s session helps the RYLArians consider the wider world and how the choices and actions that we take every day can affect everyone, even people on the other side of the world.

Dave Hinxman

Dave Hinxman

Holistic Health Coach


 
Personal trainer at Gym on Grimshaw by day and drummer by night, Dave has been with RYLA since he was a RYLArian in 2011. Since 2012 Dave has joined us to speak about the importance of physical health, and the benefits exercise and diet. Dave also loves to torture our RYLArians each year boot camp sessions each morning.

Dr. Clare Kelly

Dr. Clare Kelly

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Dr Claire Kelly is the Manager of Youth Programs at MHFA Australia. Claire’s PhD thesis was written on the mental health literacy of Australian adolescents. Her main passion is the mental health of young people and minimising the impacts that mental health problems can have on development, educational outcomes and long-term functioning. Claire has suffered episodes of depression and anxiety since adolescence, which has been a driver for this work.

Louisa Keck

Louisa Keck

Comfort Zone Pusher

Louisa is a passionate leadership facilitator with over seven years’ experience designing and delivering experiential workshops that challenge individuals to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace their leadership potential. Louisa has worked with several organisations, including UK based leadership organisation Common Purpose, as well as in a freelance capacity. The bulk of her experience has come from facilitating over 500 workshop experiences with The Reach Foundation for young people and adults across Australia.

The PGT Team

The PGT Team

Tim and Paul


Tim and Paul are an integral part of the RYLA team. Paul is an expert group facilitator and outdoor education genius and Tim is a clinical psychologist, working with adolescents and young adults (ages 13-25). Together they take the RYLA cohort to a new level of team development through a range of leadership challenges. Challenge-by-choice and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is Tim and Paul’s focus at RYLA.

Winston Marsh

Winston Marsh

Marketing Guru

Known as “Mr Wow!”, Winston Marsh is “The Marketing Guru” and has delivered down-to-earth, practical presentations for almost every type of business large and small, local and multinational. In addition he has also worked “hands on” with hundreds of businesses to help them achieve incredible results. His articles in business journals around the world have enjoyed huge readership and his audio and video programs have helped many businesses to achieve quite stunning results. Winston kindly joins us each year and delivers an amazing presentation on marketing yourself.

Mark Schenk

Mark Schenk

Public Speaker


 
Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been the managing director of Anecdote since 2004 and has the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies.
 
 

Mark Molony

Mark Molony

Mindful Life Caoch

 
Mark Molony is a Mindful LIFE practitioner, therapist and coach. Mark’s intention is to support others in generating new sustainable ways of being in themselves and with others that will encourage genuine happiness in their lives.

Mark joins us each year to speak about mindfulness and emotions in our daily lives.
 

Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein

Corporate Consultant

Daniel has considerable experience in sales and revenue re-generation for service industries. He has been able to provide tangible results across a wide-range of markets and organisations through a clear focus on outlining the strategic structure, aligning teams and individual contributors with organisational goals, and incorporating end-customers’ drivers. Daniel joins us each year to discuss values lead leadership and the ways in which our values and beliefs interact in our lives.

Grant Godino

Grant Godino

Global Citizen

Grant is a corporate trainer, business analyst and group facilitator for the Victorian State Government. Grant has been with RYLA since he was a RYLArian in 2008. He is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate and a Rotarian, who presents on Global Citizenship and Conflict Resolution at RYLA. Grant’s session helps the RYLArians consider the wider world and how the choices and actions that we take every day can affect everyone, even people on the other side of the world.

Dave Hinxman

Dave Hinxman

Holistic Health Coach


 
Personal trainer at Gym on Grimshaw by day and drummer by night, Dave has been with RYLA since he was a RYLArian in 2011. Since 2012 Dave has joined us to speak about the importance of physical health, and the benefits exercise and diet. Dave also loves to torture our RYLArians each year boot camp sessions each morning.

Dr. Clare Kelly

Dr. Clare Kelly

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Dr Claire Kelly is the Manager of Youth Programs at MHFA Australia. Claire’s PhD thesis was written on the mental health literacy of Australian adolescents. Her main passion is the mental health of young people and minimising the impacts that mental health problems can have on development, educational outcomes and long-term functioning. Claire has suffered episodes of depression and anxiety since adolescence, which has been a driver for this work.

Louisa Keck

Louisa Keck

Comfort Zone Pusher

Louisa is a passionate leadership facilitator with over seven years’ experience designing and delivering experiential workshops that challenge individuals to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace their leadership potential. Louisa has worked with several organisations, including UK based leadership organisation Common Purpose, as well as in a freelance capacity. The bulk of her experience has come from facilitating over 500 workshop experiences with The Reach Foundation for young people and adults across Australia.

about-rotary

About Rotary

9790-whiteRotary is 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

Clubs from around Rotary International District 9790 sponsor RYLArians to attend the conference each year. Without their continued support this life-changing program could not happen.


australiaRotaract is Rotary International’s premier youth service arm. Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organise service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.

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