About RYLA

Applications for the 2017 program opened on 1 May.

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  • Are you keen to make a difference?
  • Are your dreams are so big they seem impossible?
  • Do you acknowledge what is but inevitably ask, “What could be”?
  • Do you realize that you don’t have to be in charge to have significant influence?
  • Do you refuse to blame others for your circumstances and take responsibility for finding solutions?
  • Do you foster unity by bringing people together and encouraging dialogue?
  • Are you are quick to recognise your mistakes?
  • Do you value relationships more than tasks?
  • Do you practice what you preach?
  • Are you always striving to learn from other strong leaders?


If you have answered any one of these questions with “yes” then RYLA might be for you!

You may also wish to read our printable brochure Rotary Youth Programs 9520.


What is RYLA?

RYLA is a 7 day residential leadership seminar. Young adults keen to exercise their leadership potential participate in a range of formal and informal activities, which promote leadership skills as desirable qualities.


Particulars for the 2017 seminar are:

Date: September 23 to September 29, 2017
Location: Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, SA


You will be supported and encouraged through activities like:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Forums
  • Seminar Sessions
  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Sport & Recreation




















RYLA incorporates guest speakers who this year (2016) covered a diverse array of topics including public speaking, conflict resolution, ethics, living your passions, goal setting, self defence, volunteering & leadership.

The week incorporates a lot of self development through a variety of mechanisms including reflection (individually and as a team), team work, sports and outdoor activities, dancing, and many others.” RYLA will provide the opportunity for you to make a lot of new friends. We will challenge you and test you but you will have a lot of fun.

You should also gain an insight into some of the skills needed to make a success of your life. As in most things, what you take away from the week will probably depend on what you are prepared to contribute.



Through these activities, you will learn and reinforce valuable leadership skills, including but not limited to:

  • Public Speaking
  • Self Confidence
  • Presentation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Corporate and Social Ethics
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Being a valuable Team Member
  • Goal Setting
  • Building Relationships



















RYLA’s focus is on assisting young people to develop their abilities as leaders, and to encourage them to reach their full potential as valuable members of society.

Participants can seize the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills, can practice new behaviours, forge life-long friends and challenge their personal belief systems and values.

Eligibility and Cost

Am I Eligible?

RYLA is open to young people aged 18 to 25 years with an ambition to improve their leadership skills. So, if you see yourself making and shaping your community in the future, we want you!

What is the Cost?

RYLA is an awards program sponsored and run by Rotary Clubs with the aim of promoting leadership skills among young people. As such, you will be sponsored by a Rotary Club, and there is minimal cost to you for your attendance.

Note that some clubs prefer to spread their funds over a number of students, so some may ask you for a small contribution if they think you can afford it.  If you are in this situation and you can’t afford to contribute please contact the committee by email.

The investment by your sponsoring Rotary Club includes the RYLA seminar, Residential costs (accommodation and meals), and a Graduation dinner.

You will need to organise your own transport to and from the venue.