The 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar will be held April 5-7, 2019 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville NE.  High school juniors and sophomores are eligible to apply. RYLA camp is an intensive 3-day training program for high schoolers that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects both locally and globally, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, business ethics, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries. 
RYLA allows you to connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life. For pictures and videos of past RYLA camps visit our Facebook page HERE.
RYLA encourages clubs to nominate students.  Many clubs partner with local high schools to identify potential applicants. This year we have a new online application option available HERE.
Clubs are asked to nominate 2 students (ideally, one male and one female) but more are encouraged.  The cost to clubs is $200 per student.  However, please note that if you have more students than funds please contact RYLA Chair and we will work together to find funds to make sure all of your students are able to attend.
The camp, in its 6th year, focuses on youth leadership development.  Past evaluations have been very positive.  Students learn about how to make a positive impact as emerging leaders in their communities as well as internationally.  One of the running themes of the camp is the “Country Challenge”. This unique group activity allows teams of students to conceive and develop model global and local humanitarian initiatives.  The teams discuss how to work cross culturally to develop sustainable projects.  They do research on assigned countries to determine needs and then design projects collaboratively with an international partner. 
Other activities include the Kitaki Outdoor Challenge course, the “egg drop challenge”, speakers on business ethics, Rotary International exchanges, our place as informed global citizens, international hot spots (recently we Skyped people in Ukraine during the war there) as well as having Peace Corps volunteers as speakers and many other resource people.  We also had lots of fun activities such as a dance, nightly camp fires, hiking to the Platte river, etc,  The camp is designed for young adults who envision themselves as emerging change agents.  We hope that this experience will encourage students to pursue leadership opportunities now and throughout their lives.   Please strongly consider applying if you are a high school junior with leadership aspirations.  Clubs please seek out such students at local high schools.  Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are welcome to apply. 
We are asking clubs to commit to sponsoring two students.  This would entail clubs paying for the cost of nomination at $200 per student.  The time line is short.  We would like your club to notify the RYLA committee as soon as possible if you are willing to participate this year.    We would like a letter or email from your club president or representative with your commitment and signed commitment form. 
March 8, 2019 - Deadline for students to submit applications to their local clubs (but clubs can decide on an earlier date based on their needs)
March 22, 2019 - Club Commitment Form due to the District 5650 RYLA Chair.