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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2010

May 21st – May 23rd

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp takes place at the beautiful Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA. Every year the program and new theme are chosen by RYLA Alumni, selected from previous year’s RYLA participants for their leadership skills. Together with their Rotarian advisors, the Alumni develop a weekend filled with engaging speakers, thought provoking workshops, seminars and the ever popular copes ropes course. Every RYLA includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self confidence and self-esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship
Breaking RYLA NEWS!

The RYLA Committee is proud to announce that two of our RYLArians from last year were chosen to attend the RYLA International Conference in Montreal in June of 2010, which will have students from over eighty countries attending. They were chosen out of thousands of RYLArians worldwide.

Congratulations to Jonathan Nelson & Jimmy Malvasia!!!!

“It is simply astonishing to see the transformation that occurs over a forty eight hour period with these young adults.” “They arrive as strangers from all over our district – and in a matter of hours shape themselves into teams you would have thought had spent a lifetime together.”

Upon arrival, all students are separated from their classmates and assigned to “Families”- groups of eight to ten plus one Alumni and one Rotarian advisor for the remainder of the weekend. Participants remain with their new families, sharing all their meals, breakout sessions, etc. The only time they are not together is at night, where the women sleep on one side of the camp and the men on the other.

A testament to the success of RYLA is the large number of participants who simply do not want to leave on Sunday afternoon they were having such a great time! And, they had made new, lifetime friendships.


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