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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.     

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

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     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

RYLA 2016, 24th meeting


2015 marked District 6780's 23rd annual RYLA event.

RYLA 2015

 163 students enjoyed RYLA this year!


The next RYLA SATURDAY will be:
Saturday, September 23, 2017

RYLA Downloads for 2017
Word Format PDF Format
RYLA Announcement   (PDF)                                  
Club Coordinator Guide   (PDF)
Club Acknowledgement Form   (PDF)
Club Submission Form   (PDF)
Student Invitational   (PDF)
Student Registration Form   (PDF)
Rules and Guidelines   (PDF)
Waiver Form   (PDF)

RYLA 2017-18 District 6780 Committee

Don Randolph, Chair - Sparta

John Downs, Sparta, Vice Chair

Megan Ownby, Gatlinburg

Linda C. Shults, Secretary and Past Chair - Seymour 

Cody Wilhite, Treasurer - Sparta

McKinley Tabor, Cookeville

Jeff Waldo, T-Shirts - Crossville

Betty Vickers, RYLA Certificates - Seymour 

Vickie Simms, Advisor and Past Chair - Gatlinburg

Pepe Perron, Advisor and Event Coordination - Crossville

 The Rotary Clubs of District 6780 will again live our motto “Service Above Self” while showing our commitment to the District’s youth by hosting our 
25th annual RYLA in 2017.

  This is a one-day, hands-on, leadership skills development program 
open to outstanding high school juniors with demonstrated leadership qualities, selected by your club from high schools in your community.


RYLA SATURDAY, September 23rd, 2017
Camp Nakanawa, Crossville, TN
Proprietors: Rotarian Pepe & Ann Perron
Phone: (931) 260-8244 or 260-6061

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ming Wang

Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 – 8 a.m. Central Time
Seminar starts promptly at 8:15 a.m. Central Time


By June 1, 2017 please let us know, via the RYLA Club Acknowledgement  form, 
who your Club RYLA Coordinator will be and how many students your Club anticipates sponsoring.


 Planned RYLA leadership enhancement activities include motivational speakers and leadership skills development exercises lead by ADVENTUREWORKS.

ADVENTUREWORKS is returning for its sixth year with a wide variety of enlightening and fun exercises, including the climbing wall, giant swing, zip line and low rope activities.  Participants' critiques raved about last year's program, and this year should be even better.

Darren Johnson, interactive motivational speaker, trainer, and consultant will be returning.  Additional speakers and workshops will be announced prior to the RYLA seminar.


COST: $100 per person – Registration is open to High School Juniors.  Rotary clubs are encouraged to send as many students as possible to this RYLA leadership development experience!  However, we have a group size limit of 150 students. All meals, snacks, drinks, and workshop materials are included in registration fee.  Late registrations - $115 per person (applies to registrations received after Friday, September 5  -- No exceptions!)

Non-Perishable Food Items: Every RYLA student is asked to bring no less than four (4) items of non-perishable food which will be donated to local food banks dedicated to feeding the hungry.

Transportation:  Each sponsoring Rotary club is responsible for arranging the transportation for its attendees. All attendees MUST be prepared to stay until the RYLA program concludes. Those providing transportation for attendees if not staying on-site for the event MUST provide contact information to the RYLA Committee prior to their departure from site and make Committee aware of whether they or someone else will be responsible for picking up students at the conclusion of event.  If another person will be responsible for pick up then that person’s contact information MUST also be provided to the Committee.

Dress:  CASUAL – SHORTS, JEANS, KHAKIS, TENNIS SHOES.  Layering would be appropriate to accommodate “unpredictable” weather conditions, as well as an extra outfit and shoes for “possible” unforeseen mishaps. 


Selecting your students prior to the ending of this school year (sophomore year) will ensure every attendee is fully prepared for this unforgettable leadership experience.  It will also allow the planning committee to prepare attendee work materials, name tags, and include the personal data of your attendees in the annual printed RYLA Program.

To avoid a late fee, registrations must be received by September 18, 2017.   

2016 RYLA