What is RYLA?

Our RYLA is a five day residential high energy programme to develop lower North Island young leaders between the ages of 18 and 24.

Originating in 1959 in Queensland, Australia, RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International (RI) in 1971.  This exciting programme engages Rotary clubs and districts around the world to help the next generation of leaders expand their skills. 

The RYLA programme recognises, encourages and educates current and future leaders by offering them this intensive leadership experience. The programme demonstrates Rotary's commitment to developing leaders. 

Within District 9940, the spirit of RYLA is very much one of collaboration. The RYLA Organising Committee is a passionate bunch of people who cooperate to provide both a supportive environment and the resources necessary for young people to empower other young people.

This is achieved by each year inviting up to ten previous attendees of RYLA to lead the running of the next RYLA programme. The number of participants who volunteer to be part of the crew (along with those who repeatedly give their time and energy on the committee and during the programme) is testament to the kudos the young people hold the event. It not only allows them to give back, it also enables the further development of their own leadership skills.

And this spirit extends even beyond the Rotary club.   RYLA has substantial goodwill within the wider community and each year attracts cooperation from community and cultural organisations, business, and civic and national leaders. Each supporter understands the long-term benefits our young leaders gain from their RYLA experience. 

Our RYLA is an invaluable programme that brings together individuals to harness creativity, diversity, inspiration, energy and leadership to cultivate personal growth and empower long-lasting meaningful change.

 Theme   Unleashing your Leadership Potential

 Aim:  To empower young individuals to create positive growth within themselves and their communities through harnessing their leadership potential.

 Values:  Service   | Growth  |    Authentic Connectedness   

RYLA 9940

22 - 26 January 2025

Forest Lakes, Otaki

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