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The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a week-long residential program conducted annually and is aimed at encouraging and developing leadership, personal development and social skills. As a consequence, awardees, aged between 18 and 25 years can more effectively contribute to their communities in a practical manner. RYLA provides opportunities for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to come together to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and the unique qualities and abilities of others.

In Rotary District 9800, RYLA aims to:

Give young people the chance to come together in a supportive environment to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and the unique qualities and abilities of othersan opportunity for young people to develop a network of resources to facilitate their roles and developmentlearning about teamwork, communication, motivation and to develop the leadership skills of young people through experiential workshopsa greater awareness of social issues affecting young people andRotary’s commitment to young people.

When and where is RYLA held?
In District 9800 RYLA is usually held in the first week of December. In 2011, RYLA will be held at Camp Oasis, Mount Evelyn - Sunday November 27th through Saturday December 3rd. Applications close November 1st.

Who runs RYLA?
In District 9800, RYLA is run by a team of young people, many of whom are past RYLA participants. There are two Co-directors who oversee the program, facilitators who support participants throughout the week by conducting focus groups where participants can discuss issues raised by the program and a management team who are responsible for cooking meals for everyone to enjoy. The team have all participated in training to equip them for their roles.

What to expect
Everyone comes to RYLA hoping to gain different things. Sometimes these things are exactly what you gain from participating – other times, you learn something completely different, that you never expected. Everyone’s experience of RYLA is unique. What you can expect though, is to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and to hear from a series of speakers, all with different perspectives on leadership, personal development and community. Some speakers will challenge you and what you believe, but hopefully some will also connect with you, or inspire you.
RYLA assumes that 'leadership' is a diverse and varied concept and any one form or style of leadership is not seen as more important than any other.

Who pays for RYLA?
Each RYLA candidate is sponsored by a Rotary Club from District 9800. The cost of sponsoring a candidate is used to pay for venue hire, speakers and catering throughout the program. The sponsoring Rotary Club is also responsible for transporting the participant to and from the camp. This means that it does not cost you anything to participate in the program.

District 9800 RYLA website

If you would like to participate please contact:

Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst
New Generations Director Kate Jelliff
Mail: P.O. Box 1122, Bendigo 3552
Mobile: 0417 113 915

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