Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for high school students.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:

  • 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

‚ÄčIn 2023, the Mount Vernon Rotary Club sponsored four eleventh grade students to attend the RYLA weekend in February. The weekend spent at RYLA is an outstanding opportunity for students to fine-tune their leadership skills in a fun, extremely educational environment.

School counselors nominate eleventh graders from Mount Vernon High School for attendance. The final decision on sponsorships for this program is made by the Rotary Club RYLA Committee.

Eleventh grade students interested in RYLA should meet with their counselor for more information.