Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The next RYLA conference is 24 to 30 November, 2019

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About RYLA

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program is awarded to young and aspiring community leaders by local Rotary Clubs. To receive the award, nominees attend a weeklong residential conference focusing on leadership fundamentals and developing our next generation of community leaders.

Days

Skills developed and practiced

Expert presenters

Young people attended

RYLA sees a world where young adults have the skills to unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in their communities, and in themselves.

RYLA empowers and inspires young adults to become changemakers who are driven by personal development and professional excellence.

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Values

RYLA’s values are Rotary’s values…

Values

RYLA’s values are Rotary’s values…

Service

We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.

Fellowship

We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.

Diversity

We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of people within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its community is a club with a key to its future.

Integrity

We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.

Leadership

We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.

Skills developed at RYLA

RYLA gives young adults the invaluable space to reflect on themselves. The program brings together a selection of experts in their fields to deliver topics and interactive sessions including:

Networking

Communication

Conflict resolution

Planning and organising

Teamwork

Global leadership

Empathy and resilience

Problem solving

Initiative

Self-management

Goal setting

Reflective Learning

Formal qualifications and technical skills are only part of the requirements for modern employees. RYLA works to develop ‘soft skills’ and personal attributes that are shown to be just as important to success. The value of these soft skills are outlined in a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics and Deakin Co,
see: Soft skills for business success.

Our Speakers

Louisa Keck

Louisa Keck

Reach Foundation

An experienced Facilitator and Coach with almost a decade’s experience working with individuals and groups to overcome challenges and get the most out of work and life. A trained leader and communicator, with a passion for human connection.

Mark Schenk

Mark Schenk

Anecdote

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

Coaching with you in Mind

Mark has a broad range of experience in the human relations and business field. From his original training and work as a crisis/trauma counsellor he has developed a range of qualifications and experience in management, coaching and mental well being and performance.

Putting it all together…

PGT Programs

Tim and Paul, from PGT Programs, are an integral part of the RYLA experience. 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).

PGT take the RYLA cohort to a new level of team development through a range of leadership challenges. They bring the sessions presented by our speakers together in a practical way and introduce a set of leadership behaviours to use in everyday life.

Challenge-by-choice and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is Tim and Paul’s focus at RYLA.

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About Rotary

Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action...

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The RYLA PhD

Evaluating the psychological outcomes of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) A paper prepared by Dr Tim Edwards-Hart 2009-2011 at RMIT University. The Research Questions In Rotary District 9790, Australia, RYLA is a 7-day leadership conference for young adults...

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History of RYLA

In 1959, the State Government of Queensland invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned...

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The RYLA 9790 Team

Linda Gidlund

Linda Gidlund

Chairperson

Sally West

Sally West

Program Director

Yash Lonkar

Yash Lonkar

Deputy Program Director

Kerry Jones

Kerry Jones

Secretary

Greg Adams

Greg Adams

Treasurer

Grant Godino

Grant Godino

Logistics Director

David Palermo

David Palermo

Marketing Director

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