Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people are chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expenses-paid camp to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum.
RYLA aims to:
- Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
- Encourage youth to make a difference in their communities through volunteer work and social responsibility; and
- Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth.
RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.
“It was such a positive environment and everyone was so encouraging. The speakers were amazing. I learned so much about how to be successful in all areas of my life.” — Templeton Senior Natalie Leavitt
The Templeton Rotary club is looking to sponsor 2-3 Templeton High School students and send them to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where students develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
This year’s camp is anticipating nearly 300 highly motivated and leadership minded students to experience powerful speakers, team building activities, a ropes challenge course and other events to strengthen the leadership skills of those who attend.
Last year two THS students attended, Natalie Leavitt and Evan Asplund. Natalie shared, “it was such a positive environment and everyone was so encouraging. The speakers were amazing. I learned so much about how to be successful in all areas of my life.” Evan said, “I learned so much about life and leadership in just 3 days.”
This year’s camp is held at Camp Ramah in Ojai from April 23-26th. Students who are interested are encouraged to pick up an application from Mr. Mac or Mrs. Barnes soon. Applications are due by the end of the day Tuesday, January 14th to Mrs. Barnes. An interview will follow.
The THS Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club and is open to all Templeton High School students. If you have questions about Interact or want to be involved with them contact Mrs. Barnes at THS.