District 9520 RYLA 2013
A Residential Seminar for 18-25 year olds.
Applications for 2013 will open in May 2013
Date: September 21st - 27th 2013
Location: Nunyarra Conference Centre, Belair, SA
Please watch this website or joiin us on Facebook for details on 2013 applications.
Applicants are also encouraged to read this page.
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD
- Are you keen to make a difference?
- Are your dreams are so big they seem impossible?
- Do you acknowledge what is but inevitably ask, "What could be"?
- Do you realize that you don't have to be in charge to have significant influence?
- Do you refuse to blame others for your circumstances and take responsibility for finding solutions?
- Do you foster unity by bringing people together and encouraging dialogue?
- Are you are quick to recognise your mistakes?
- Do you value relationships more than tasks?
- Do you practice what you preach?
- Are you always striving to learn from other strong leaders?
If you have answered any one of these questions with "yes" then RYLA might be for you!
What is RYLA?
RYLA is a 7 day residential leadership seminar. Young adults keen to exercise their leadership potential participate in a range of formal and informal activities, which promote leadership skills as desirable qualities.
You will be supported and encouraged through activities like:
- Guest Speakers
- Team Building
- Problem Solving
- Sport & Recreation
"RYLA incorporates guest speakers who this year (2011) covered a diverse array of topics including public speaking, conflict resolution, ethics, living your passions, goal setting, self defence, volunteering & leadership. The week incorporates a lot of self development through a variety of mechanisms including reflection (individually and as a team), team work, sports and outdoor activities, dancing, and many others."
RYLA will provide the opportunity for you to make a lot of new friends. We will challenge you and test you but you will have a lot of fun. You should also gain an insight into some of the skills needed to make a success of your life. As in most things, what you take away from the week will probably depend on what you are prepared to contribute.
Through these activities, you will learn and reinforce valuable leadership skills, including but not limited to:
- Public Speaking
- Self Confidence
- Conflict Resolution
- Corporate and Social Ethics
- Creative Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Team Building
- Being a valuable Team Member
- Goal Setting
- Building Relationships
RYLA's focus is on assisting young people to develop their abilities as leaders, and to encourage them to reach their full potential as valuable members of society.
Participants can seize the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills, can practice new behaviours, forge life-long friends and challenge their personal belief systems and values.
Eligibility and Cost
Am I Eligible?
RYLA is open to young people aged 18 to 25 years with an ambition to improve their leadership skills. So, if you see yourself making and shaping your community in the future, we want you!
What is the Cost?
RYLA is an awards program sponsored and run by the Rotary Club with the aim of promoting leadership skills among young people. As such, you will be sponsored by a Rotary Club, and there is no cost to you for your attendance.
The investment of $810 by your sponsoring Rotary Club includes the RYLA seminar, Residential costs (accommodation and meals), and a Graduation dinner.
You will need to organise your own transport to and from the venue.
Apply for 2013
Once Applications have been opened (probably in May 2013) follow the process outlined below:
- Download and complete the Application Form.
- Contact your local Rotary Club (here's a list!); or,
Email your application to the RYLA Registrar on firstname.lastname@example.org
who will help you select a club to apply to.
- You will be contacted and asked to attend an interview with your sponsoring Rotary Club.
- Read the Information for Awardees page before the seminar.
- After RYLA, you will also be invited to attend and give a short presentation to the Rotary Club on your RYLA experience.
If you want to start the ball rolling now, then use the link in #2 above to identify your local club and make contact to let them know you are interested.
Also get onto our Facebook Page
and become part of the growing RYLA community.
Links and Downloads
RYLA was amazing, it allowed me to discover my own strengths and then sent me into the world to use them.
RYLA is one of those experiences you can only talk to other RYLArians about, its unique, the people are amazing and the things you learn about yourself and others are priceless.
I never thought that RYLA would be such a big part of my life, as it has been. I still don't fully understand exactly what the special formula is - some uncanny combination of meeting new people, learning about leadership and teamwork, the spontaneous surprises that flavour the camp, and the instant and lifelong bonds we form.
The friendships I've formed through RYLA cross borders and cultural boundaries. They're more than acquaintances; they're more like extended family!
RYLA was the catalyst, the cocoon I needed to pass through to develop into the kind of leader that I am today.
Since RYLA I've been on other camps, they were nothing like what I experienced at all. I've also been so lucky to give back to the program by being a director at RYPEN, the sister program.
If you are thinking about attending RYLA, the best thing to do is to ask someone who has been - you will immediately be affected by their energy that comes from just remembering their time there.
Being on the older end of the spectrum RYLA was a different experience for me than many of the other participants as obviously I'm a little older, hopefully a tiny bit more experienced and more settled in my life. So perhaps some of the content wasn't new, perhaps some of the guest speakers seemed like an echo I'd heard before and yet my experience at RYLA was moving, was valid and was equally important. It didn't change my life or introduce me to a whole new world, but it gave me the opportunity to reflect, to re-evaluate, to take time out from my busy life and experience myself through other people's eyes, which is something that we don't often have the opportunity to do.
Although my batch of RYLArians have undergone several other trainings after RYLA 2010, whenever we tried our best not to compare, we were driven to the extent to mentioning the uniqueness of RYLA trainings. The way each programme was organised, the content of it, the exemplary role models of directors and the list can on and on. RYLA is by far the best and will always be the best Youth Training programme a youth can ever come across. Even a few days back, during the Youth Parliament training, the 2 teams of RYLArians had to sit rejuvenate ourselves by reflecting on RYLA moments and danced for the song again to bring back our energy.
RYLA is still a unique programme no matter what.