Rotary Youth Leadership Award

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Developing Leaders of the Future

Vision: To develop leadership potential in youth from diverse backgrounds through residential programs, empowering them to make positive change in their communities; sponsored by Rotary and run for youth, by youth.

1. Develop leadership skills in youth
2. Deliver engaging sessions in areas of leadership, self development, team work, conflict management, public speaking, time management, goal setting and other areas of contemporary professional development
3. Provide a safe, encouraging environment for self development and increased self confidence whilst networking with like-minded peers
4. Introduce young leaders to Rotary programs and give awareness of other leadership opportunities within Rotary

What is RYLA?

RYLA is an annual 7 day residential for 18 – 26 year olds sponsored by the Rotary Clubs within Rotary International District 9500 (SA/NT). RYLA is often felt as a life changing experience, it has the capacity to instill, motivate and develop future leaders in one of the most intensive leadership experiences available in South Australia.

RYLA empowers young individuals through exposure to a range of qualified professional speakers, small and large group activities, touching on topics such as:

  • leadership and personality styles
  • working in teams
  • self belief
  • conflict management
  • goal setting
  • public speaking

Our speakers leave participants feeling motivated and inspired. RYLA’s youth team leaders also complement the experience through their informal activities and support.

RYLA enables participants to network and form friendships with a diverse range of like-minded youth, including those from an international background.

When and where is RYLA 2018?

RYLA will be run in 2018 from the 7th (morning) – 13th (afternoon) of July. Please be aware that participants need to commit to attending the entire experience (no absences).

RYLA will be held in the picturesque setting of Nunyara Conference Centre, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair. Participants are expected to organise their own transport to and from the venue. 

Who should attend RYLA?

18 – 26 year olds displaying leadership potential (ie within their workplace, communities, sports teams, studies etc) who have not previously attended RYLA and have not attended RYPEN within the last two years. 

How much will RYLA cost?

RYLA participation is only possible with the generous support of Rotary clubs who provide the full cost of attendance ($850) via individual sponsorships. 

If you have a connection with a Rotary Club and they have agreed to sponsor you then your place at RYLA is guaranteed. You will be asked to list that club in the registration process.

If not, the organising committee will seek to match you to a Rotary club to be sponsored. Your attendance at the camp can only be confirmed once this match has been made.

You can assist this process by making direct contact with a Rotary club in your area – please email ryla-rypen@rotary9500.org with the suburb you live in and we can advise you of your local club and advise the club of your interest.

How do I register?

Registrations for 2018 will close on 22 June 2018. There are a limited number of places, so this date may change if places fill sooner. 

Follow this link to register your interest in attending RYLA in 2018:

http://e.mybookingmanager.com/RYLA 2018 Application

If you are a club representative wishing to register your club’s interest in sponsoring a RYLA participant, please follow this link to register your club in 2018:

http://e.mybookingmanager.com/RYLA 2018 Club Sponsorship

What RYLA awardees thought of RYLA:

‘Couldn’t be any better. It has been the most enjoyable experience of my life. Thank you!’

‘An insight into leadership’

‘Incredible! It has changed my life – I am so excited to move forward with my ambition and goals, having learnt so much at RYLA’


‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’ John F Kennedy 


If you have any queries please contact RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee Team Leader Lucia Gauci (Rotary Club of Prospect) at  ryla-rypen@rotary9500.org 


RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee:

Lucia Gauci (Chairperson) – Rotary Club of Prospect

Ynyr Hughes (Secretary) – Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully

Rob Eley (District Chair of Youth Services) – Rotary Club of Gawler Light

DGE David Egan  (District Management Committee Rep)
Rotary Club of Adelaide

Melany Hughes – Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully

Mike Stevens – Rotary Club of Playford

Steve McLachlan – Rotary Club of Gawler Light

Damien Walker (Assistant Coordinator) – Rotaract Club of Salisbury City

Kaz Bahmanzadah (Coordinator) – Rotaract Club of Salisbury City