WHAT IS RYLA?
RYLA is a leadership development program that is organized at the club, district, or multidistrict level. The format of your event depends on what you hope to accomplish, your resources, and your audience – it could be a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp.
While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young adults. You can use RYLA to engage at-risk youth, motivate Interact or Rotaract club officers, reconnect with Rotary alumni, or mentor young professionals to become responsible leaders.
YOUTH PROTECTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT
The safety of young people is a top priority for any Rotary-related event. All committee members and volunteers should attend a youth protection training seminar in advance of RYLA. Learn how you can keep your participants safe and minimize risks in the RYLA Handbook.
Will young people be traveling outside their local community to attend your RYLA event? Follow Rotary’s youth travel policies, which include special provisions for long distance and international travel.
Find our Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth and more information on student safety and risk management in the Rotary Youth Protection Guide.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN A RYLA EVENT?
Contact your local Rotary club to find out about RYLA events in your area. Follow RYLA on Facebook to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe.