Leader - One who, by the power of their positive actions, compels others to positive action.

What is RYLA?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in Rotary Districts 5440 and 5450, is a 5-day leadership conference held at the YMCA of the Rockies, in Estes Park, Colorado. These two Rotary districts cover Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska.

Most all who attend enthusiastically say, "This has changed my life"

Who is eligible?

Any High School Sophomore or Junior prior to the summer conference may apply. Generally, the applicants who are selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and have proven leadership experience or potential.

The objectives of RYLA are:

  • To encourage and assist youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership by providing them with a training experience.
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth.
  • To publicly recognize the outstanding qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their schools and communities as leaders.

The entire focus of RYLA is to provide foundational leadership skills for teenagers. It has been said that leadership cannot be taught, but it must be learned. At RYLA there are opportunities to learn leadership skills through experiential activities, incredible speakers, small group discussions, large group presentations, and in building life-long friendships.

What does it cost?

Your local Rotary club pays the conference fee of $400.00 per participant. For more details and instructions on how to apply click on "Rocky Mountain RYLA": Rocky Mountain RYLA

Note that the official name of our club that would be your sponsor is "Rotary Club of Castle Rock" (morning club) .