The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is an exciting and challenging training program for leaders and potential leaders between the ages of 18 and 26 years.
Is it for you?
Whether you are an enthusiastic worker, young professional, self-employed or a tertiary student, RYLA provides a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, have fun and make new friends.
What happens at RYLA?
You will be joined by talented young people like yourself from other communities in your area to participate in a number of activities, ranging from seminar workshops to outdoor challenges. Topics and activities emphasise leadership skills, personal development and citizenship.
Why should you do it?
Those who complete the RYLA program are generally better able to successfully manage their own lives and careers, and make a positive mark on and in their communities.
What makes RYLA special?

The People
Everyone at RYLA was there for different reasons, but we all seemed to be on the same wavelength right from the start. I was able to form new friendships and a support network for my everyday life.
The Program
I’m not sure I’ve ever been through such an intense, valuable and fun program. All the activities related directly to our everyday lives as young adults – core values, personality types, teamwork, communications, goal setting, time management and leadership; all while having a lot of fun.
RYLA challenged me to face my fears, to step out of my comfort zone, and gave me the confidence to deal with unfamiliar situation and deal with different (or difficult!) people.
Our district was able to bring three Nations together, creating international friendships and understandings. RYLA also gave us the opportunity to learn about Rotary.
When is RYLA 2016?
RYLA 2016 will be held at the Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum Beach, 30th April – 5 th May 2016
How do I apply?
RYLA applicants can be selected and sponsored by either a Rotary Club or their employer.
All applicants must be approved by a Rotary Club.
Clubs can be contacted thought the District
website www.rotary9600.org
If you have any questions, please contact
Colleen Caruana - c_caruana@bigpond.com
or the Hamilton Rotary Youth Director
Mike Byrne - mikebyrne1947@gmail.com