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About Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - Rotary's Profound Formula on Global Youth Leadership Training

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
  • Give young adults an opportunity to listen and exchange ideas with other outstanding community and student leaders

RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia


The first RYLA program in Rotary International District 3450 (formerly District 345 at the time RYLA was born, including Hong Kong, Macao & Northern Taiwan) was held in the year 1985-1986. RYLA then became an annual leadership training program for young people in the district. Today RYLA in District 3450 is already 26 years old, with more than 3,000 young people attended. Since Mongolia joined District 3450 in July 2000, RYLA further extended its global horizon and is regarded in fostering the cultural exchange in multi-dimensions.

Mission of RYLA in District 3450

To be the best and mostly recognized leadership training program for young people in the local communities for the fulfillment of "Service Above Self" and creating a better world.


Benefits of RYLA to Young People

Through this comprehensive leadership training program, participants are able to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding and connection to inner self
  • Foster leadership capabilities - to be effective leaders
  • Enhance teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Meet and share ideas with community leaders from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Get prepared themselves to be the future leaders who render service to their communities
  • Make a life-time change for a better life

See Also: History of RYLA

See Also: Rotary's Profound Formula on Global Youth Leadership Training

External Link: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - Wikipedia

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