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RYLA is an opportunity for high school students to join other outstanding youth from throughout central and southeastern Ohio for a three day leadership camp where they will learn about themselves, learn from others and have FUN!

District 6690’s annual RYLA conference, is based on a program initiated by Rotary International. The purpose of the program is to identify young people who have demonstrated leadership skills or show the potential to be leaders, and give them an opportunity to explore and develop those skills with others with similar capabilities.

During the conference, participants will

  • explore their own style and strengths;
  • learn skills that will enable them to be aware of and able to address community needs;
  • interact with adult role models who are active in their professions and community;
  • develop and learn leadership skills
  • develop an appreciation for community service.

RYLA is a chance for students to meet other outstanding students from central and southeastern Ohio while learning about themselves, learning from others and having fun. An outstanding group of facilitators are planning for a successful RYLA event and are looking forward to our conference.


Students will arrive on Saturday morning for registration. Students will be assigned roommates who are not from their school or hometown and will be purposely mixed up throughout the weekend in order that they can meet all participants.

For two days students will be participating in group learning activities, discussions, speakers, interaction with peers and social activities. Participants’ days are filled from breakfast to lights out. Elements of the program build on each other and students must be willing and able to commit to the entire weekend in order to provide the best experience for all.


Learning to Dialogue: how to share views in a constructive way, leading to better understanding;

  • Behavioral styles: better understanding of oneself and the value of different behavioral styles and the effects of different behaviors on a group;
  • Rotary: learning about and understanding the Four Way Test, and the purpose and activities of Rotary International;
  • Society: looking at the role values play in our modern society and understanding the Pillars of Character.

Local Rotary Clubs may agree to sponsor a student by paying their conference expenses.
Only youth sponsored by a local Rotary Club may participate in RYLA.



Rotary Youth Leadership Awards


Judy Root
Youth Services Chair

Melissa Sowers
RYLA Chair

RYLA 2024

Saturday July 13th and Sunday July14th
University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio


Rotary Clubs interested in sponsoring one or more students to attend RYLA must register by completing the Sponsorship Agreement Form. Found here:  SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT FORM


Submission of Club Sponsorship: April 30
Sponsorship Payment: May 30

Clubs may sponsor one or more students at a cost of $150.00 per student. This cost covers your students’ meals, accommodations, and conference materials. Current high school sophomores and/or juniors selected by their local Rotary Club are eligible to attend.

RYLA Conference

Rotary Clubs wishing to sponsor a student(s) to attend RYLA in July 2022 may submit their Sponsorship Agreement Form any time BEFORE March 15, 2023. Cost per student is $300 – paid by the Rotary Club.

Please CLICK HERE to access and submit this form to the District6690 RYLA Committee.

For additional information and other forms please visit