Aspiring young leaders are encouraged to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a week-long camp in July in the Manzano Mountains.
RYLA is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed for New Mexico students by Rotary District 5520, which includes the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. The camp encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an award for their past and present leadership and service activities.
These young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities and discuss current ethical and social issues. All activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.
Each year, high school juniors who are outstanding school and/or community leaders with a strong service background are sought to apply for RYLA. Selected students will have the opportunity to discuss leadership, service and career opportunities and to exchange ideas about current ethical and social issues with knowledgeable District 5520 Rotarians who are local and regional leaders.
The Boys Camp runs July 12-18, and the Girls Camp runs July 18-24. Further Information and application forms concerning the camp are available at https://ryla5520.shutterfly.com. The deadline to apply is April 30. Email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to RYLA, PO Box 853, Los Alamos, NM 87544.