What is Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)?
  • Leadership training for young adults (19-25 years) led by a professional facilitator experienced in youth leadership development and supported by RYLA graduates and Rotarians;
  • One week residential program on a college/university campus consisting of lectures, simulation games, discussion groups, committee work, public speaking, social activities; 
  • An opportunity to learn, grow, share ideas, have fun and make new friends.
As a District 7090 sponsored award program since 1973, RYLA demonstrates Rotary's respect and concern for youth.  It is one of Rotary International's Youth Services Programs.  
Who is eligible?
            RYLA is a program for young adults - professionals, entrepreneurs, college/university students, who demonstrate self-awareness, leadership qualities and concern for others.  Candidates must be 19 to 25 (inclusive) years of age and able to attend the week-long program, staying on campus and free of any other commitments during its duration.
What are the benefits?
            RYLA participants will equip themselves for success in their academic, career and personal lives by expanding their knowledge of their leadership potential and enhancing their skills in the areas of creative thinking, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics.  They will also gain a greater understanding of Rotary and experience firsthand the meaning of "Service Above Self".
2020 RYLA program runs from June 7 - June 13, 2020
It will be held on campus at the State University of New York, Fredonia   
Rotary Club Responsibilities: 
  • Recruitment, Selection & Registration of RYLA Candidates:  Each Rotary Club is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and registering its candidate(s). Registration is limited to 45 candidates and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Payment:  The sponsoring club pays this fee, which covers instruction, accommodation, meals, entertainment and organizational expenses. 
The fee is $795 US per candidate. Registration & PAYMENT IN FULL must be submitted to the REGISTRAR no later than May 30, 2020. 
Early bird registration fee is $745 if paid by May 1, 2020. 
Need an application? Click on the link in the menu bar to the left.
Need more info? Contact Cheryle Slattery at 905-401-1510 or by email to