Chapel Rock, Prescott
January 12 - 15, 2024
What is RYLA

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a workshop for youth ages 14 to 18 in grades 9-12. These young adults are chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expense-paid training program designed to build, strengthen, and exercise leadership skills, self-confidence, and character. 

These students come together from communities across District 5500 (Southern Arizona) and are joined by Rotary Exchange students from other countries. Each Delegate is sponsored by a local Rotary Club.

​RYLA provides a memorable opportunity to learn, grow and have fun while making some new friends along the way. Those who attend a RYLA workshop are generally better able to successfully manage their own lives and careers and make a difference by being leaders in the community.

Clubs can reserve spots for the RYLA by emailing .  Each club can reserve up to 5 spots with additional spots opening up in early fall. 
Pricing for RYLA is $500 for Junior Counselors and delegates, and $300 for Adult Advisors. Additional spots may open up in the fall.
Rotary Clubs: Mail checks to RYLA Registrar to hold your spots with details on how many of each you would like to:
San Luis Rotary Club,
c/o Marcos Ramirez
PO Box 13926
San Luis, AZ 85349
Application Deadline: November 1, 2023.
 Applications can be mailed or sent via email.
Questions: RYLA Chair Jennifer Wantz –
New this year: We will only have 1 application for all students.  Prior attendees of RYLA can apply to be a Junior Counselor by completing the same application as the Delegate but will check the box stating that they have already attended RYLA.
RYLA Focus

RYLA's History

RYLA was organized and officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971 and has since proven to be one of the most sought after and highly recognized leadership training programs of its kind.

What Does RYLA Focus On?

RYLA focuses on leadership and personal development. The purpose is to help delegates become more effective leaders by strengthening their knowledge and skills in key areas. They will also learn from listening to and exchanging ideas with other outstanding and potential young leaders. The RYLA core curriculum:

  • Fundamentals of leadership

  • Identifying one's personal style - and it's strengths and challenges

  • Ethical decision making using the 4-Way Test

  • Public Speaking

  • Team building and group problem solving

  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem on the Outdoor Challenge Course

  • Exploring Rotary's seven areas of service

What is the RYLA Experience?

  • Stepping outside personal comfort zones.

  • Facing fears and rising to the challenge.

  • Learning to work with others from diverse backgrounds to solve problems and achieve common goals.

  • Gaining insight into your personal leadership style, strengths, and challenges, then having an opportunity to practice leadership skills in a team setting.

  • Strengthening skills in communication and problem-solving.

  • Building friendships with peers from across southern Arizona.