Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  - 10 spots remaining

(online THIS YEAR)

ONLINE SATURDAY MORNINGS MAY 1 - JUNE 12, 2021, from 9am to noon

For teens who have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change themselves and the world

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary district 5650 where 50 high school sophomores and juniors develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

Today's students are perfect for rotary

The world has gotten smaller and students are way more connected.  Opportunities abound for students who take action - especially through Rotary.  Students are eager to connect with leaders in our community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in their school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock their potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
If your club honors elementary or middle school students, make sure you host them for RYLA when they get to high school.  Continue their Rotary experience!

Has your club made reservations?

Do you wish to host a community student or two for RYLA? Completed reservation forms are due between July 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021.  Fifty spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact to see how many spaces are left.

Is your club seeking students?

Promotional materials and applications are on the left.  Contact your high school counselors, teammate advisors,  and other student organization coordinators for nominations.  Vet your nominees for final selection and submit their completed application along with your club signed authorization form by March 1, 2021. Students and their parent/guardian must complete every part of the application and your club must complete the authorization form.  We will have at-large students (see just below) and can match your club with pre-screened students as well.

Are you a teacher/counselor/advisor?

We welcome nominated students on your behalf. Space is limited and students are ranked and selected by their responses to the application questionnaire. Download the application on the left and submit it to no later than March 1, 2021.  We will contact those selected by the end of March, 2021 so they may prepare for all expenses paid leadership camp!


Get to know your students better by volunteering as a discussion facilitator or break-out room ambassador. Is an area of focus for your club supporting youth? Join the leadership team. Two Co-chairs are needed

This district-wide event is a great way to meet your community Rotarians, make connections, and help groom our future Rotarians.

Sponsorships available

If your club or company would benefit from reaching the students and their parents, consider sponsoring a weekend segment. Download the Sponsorship form on the left.

Thank you Omaha West for the 2021 Gold Sponsorship!


For more information, please contact District 5650 RYLA Chairperson Lori Benton at