Left to right -- Bobbie, Dante, Joseph and James, students who attended RYLA Camp May 9-10, sponsored by MBR
What is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference?
The RYLA Conference is a 3-day leadership training opportunity that focuses on the personal and professional development of high school students.  Leadership skills, concepts, and metaphors are explored through participatory outdoor-based activities that include trust building exercise, problem solving initiatives, and low and high challenge course experiences.
Why does it exist?
Strong leaders are made, not born.  Leadership principles are learned not inherited.  RYLA Conference participants, the “leaders of tomorrow,” deserve the opportunity to be exposed to many facets of leadership.  The RYLA Conference provides an enjoyable and valuable experience for those who chose to meet the challenge. 
The purpose of the RYLA Conference is:
  1. To encourage, assist and train selected youth leaders and potential youth leaders in responsible and effective leadership;
  2. To publicly recognize the high qualities of the many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders; and
  3. To demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth.
At the RYLA Conference, participants will:
  • Learn the fundamentals of collaborative leadership;
  • Understand the importance of communication skills in effective leadership;
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • Practice problem solving and conflict management;
  • Examine the ethics of positive leadership; and
  • Transfer leadership skills and action plan for the future.