Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

What is RYLA?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a challenging 7-day programme which provides a unique opportunity for leadership skills development. Rotary is seeking young people between the ages of 18 and 28 who have the talent, energy and motivation to discover their leadership potential.

RYLA is for young adults with proven leadership experience and potential leaders from diverse backgrounds. Whether they are a student or young professional, RYLA provides a unique opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, and make new friends. The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life.

The seminar program has a strong focus on personal and leadership development. It will assist participants to become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, to understand the basics of leadership and to apply this knowledge to develop their leadership capabilities.  


Who should attend?

RYLA provides a broad range of experiences to rapidly assist your personal growth. RYLA graduates can:

  • Define their personal values and ambitions more clearly
  • Promote themselves, their ideas, and their values more effectively
  • Inspire themselves and others to achieve goals
  • Are empowered to contribute more fully to their work, social, and/or other communities.

RYLA provides a fun and stimulating environment. It's a place for them to try new things, make new friends, learn about themselves and others - and have fun!

What does RYLA offer?

  • Gain practical experience across a range of focus areas
  • Further their knowledge and skills in leadership
  • Network with other like-minded young people
  • Participate in adventurous physical activities and team exercises
  • Challenge their mental toughness and critical thinking.

What will they do?

  • Leadership
  • Self-Awareness
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Goal Setting
  • Problem Solving
  • Time and Energy Management
  • Team Work
  • Small Group Dynamics
  • Motivation

Seminar Details

  • Dates: TBA in 2024 at the Baptist Serpentine Camping Centre, 22 Transit Road, Jarrahdale
  • Applications: Application form will be provided online

Application Details

  • All applications must include the name of their sponsoring Rotary Club, and we expect that applicants have contacted their local Rotary Club to arrange sponsorship prior to submitting the form.  The RYLA Committee will assist with this if necessary.
  • Please note: Applicants who have come to us via a Rotary Club will receive priority acceptance onto the program


  • Costs are $250 from the applicant and $900 from the sponsoring Rotary Club.This includes all food, accommodation and activities for the week.
  • Successful Applicants and their sponsoring clubs will be invoiced when the application is accepted.
  • Please note that as the District Committee must commit to payment to the campsite four weeks prior to the Seminar it is generally unable to refund late withdrawals or ‘no shows’.  It is therefore important that clubs select applicants carefully and follows them up to ensure commitment. 

More information

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