This January, seven NSW Rovers participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program. RYLA is an intensive, seven day camp designed to grow and promote leadership skills amongst young leaders. The program is run by previous participants in combination with the local Rotary International District and the cost is completely subsidized by local Rotary Clubs who sponsor individual participants upon successful application. The week is made up of a mix of activities including a variety of seminars hosted by some of Australia’s top leaders, an array of challenging activities, a community service project, and a formal dinner. Much of the details of the program are kept secret and the only real way to find out what it’s like to go to RYLA is to sign up. The program is an invaluable opportunity for any Rover and feedback from participating Rovers is always positive.
What some of this year’s participants have to say about the experience:
“It’s not about changing who you are, but becoming more of who you really are.” – Virginia Giglio
“A BPS on steroids” – Tiarn Farrell
“I can do anything I set my mind to with enough dedication, enthusiasm, determination, self-belief and passion. The only thing stopping me are my own limiting beliefs.” – Luke Saunders
“RYLA was such an amazing experience, I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” – Elyse Leneham