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RYLA 2020!

It is with sadness that we must announce that the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy will be cancelled for 2020. There are 3 reasons why we have come to this decision.
Firstly, the current state of anxiety in our society in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic leads us to believe that we will be unable to attract enough candidates to the event. Young people are being bombarded with information that rightfully focuses their attention on their own well-being. The very people are trying to attract will likely not see or be attracted to our marketing message.
Secondly, the close quarters of living and studying at the academy presents a heightened risk of transmission of the virus. The organizers are very concerned about this and are putting their own reputations and the reputation of Rotary on the line.
Thirdly, we would be asking people to cross an international border in a time of possible border closures.  Candidates will be unable to adequately plan for future much beyond a week let alone several months.
Keith Johnston
Fred Legace

A life-changing event that will take place in the heart of the Okanagan, BC, from May 21st-24th, 2020 at the Sandman Hotel Penticton.  The Sandman is close to both city businesses and popular outdoor hot-spots like beaches, wineries, and offers comfortable guest rooms, a pool and whirlpool, and fully equipped meeting and banquet facilities
We will be offering a matching program for participants. In past years, clubs have reported that they have been unable to find candidates. We have developed connections with several universities and colleges in the district and there are students who would benefit from the program but do not have a club to sponsor them. As well, we have worked with the Student Exchange program to put out the call to former exchange students to particpate.

We encourage clubs to support the program by sponsoring one of these worthy candidates. If your club wants to do this, we will do our best to match your club with a candidate from your area. Clubs with more candidates than they have funding for could be eligible for this matching program.

As always, the weekend promises to be life altering event for the young men and women who attend. We have an energised team to deliver the program and several new sessions as well.

What Is It?

Rotary Clubs around the world are dedicated to helping young people develop their leadership skills to the fullest.  The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a truly exciting opportunity for young adults, between 19 & 24, to participate in a four day, leadership program with like-minded individuals where you will form lasting friendships, hear from professional speakers, develop as a leader, grow as a person and have fun - at no cost to you!
Strong leaders are made, not born.
Leadership skills are learned; not inherited.
Each spring local Rotary Clubs from across North Central Washington and the Southern Interior of BC present selected young adults the “award” of a leadership development seminar. The RYLA seminar will assist young people to realize their leadership potential and adapt their experiences to life in their communities.
For four days from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, a group of approximately 25 young adults (19-24) will gather in Penticton, BC.
The weekend is a remarkable opportunity to meet and learn with outstanding young representatives from both the US and Canada. Penticton is located on Okanagan Lake in a beautiful setting.

Next Steps

If you are interested in attending, and are between the ages of 19 and 24, you can be sponsored and paid for by Rotary. If you know a member of your local Rotary Club give them a call, express your interest in attending RYLA and complete the online application form to the left. If you do not know anyone, you can print out an application form and send it to a local rotary club, or contact Keith Johnston at kjohnston@truleadership.com, and we will do our best to find you a sponsor so you can take advantage of this outstanding event.
The RYLA experience is an alcohol-free event.