Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a Rotary International program.  It is an intensive leadership experience where young people develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections with fellow students, community leaders, inspirational speakers and peer mentors.  The program combines classroom and physical activities designed to develop team building and reliance on others.  Locally it is managed by Rotary District 7475 in cooperation with the Rotaract Club of Leadership and Service who lead RYLA University.
Participants are high school juniors entering their senior year this fall.  Participants are selected and sponsored by their local Rotary club who donate the program tuition.  Successful candidates will be students who have excellence in character and scholarship and have demonstrated a desire to lead.  
Our program leaders are members of the Rotaract Club of Leadership and Service.  These Rotractors are young adults dedicated to the ideals of RYLA.  They have the age and training that allows them to connect with and understand the needs of program participants.  They also have the energy and enthusiasm required to keep the participants active and motivated.
For more information on RYLA, take a few minutes and watch the videos below.
Overview of RYLA from Rotary International (click the link): Rotary International RYLA Info Video
Video from our 2023 RYLA Conference: RYLA University 2023
Program Director David Edelstein interviews Rotary International President Gordon McInally: Gordon McInally Interview
RYLA University 2024 Details
RYLA University 2024 will be held at Drew University, Madison NJ from June 30 to July 3 2024
Registration is currently open.  The registration deadline is Wednesday May 30.
Participants and Parents/Guardians: The RYLA program information you need is in the Guide for Participants & Parents/Guardians.  Please read this first.  The Guide contains the information you need to complete your application and medical forms, which are completed online by clicking the Application & Medical Forms link.  The online forms should be completed by the Participant and Parent/Guardian.  Parents/Guardians need to complete and sign the Participant Authorization Form, which is included in the Guide or can be downloaded from the Participant Authorization Form link.  Instructions are contained in the Guide.
Rotary Clubs: All the information clubs require to select and register a participant can be found in the RYLA University 2024 Rotary Club Handbook.  You can view and download the Handbook at the adjacent link.  You can register students using the adjacent Participant Registration link AFTER you read the Handbook.
Everyone: For information on how Rotary works to protect the youth who participate in our programs you can view and download Rotary International and District 7475 youth protection information by clicking on the adjacent link.