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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
RYLA 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.
Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:
· Fundamentals of leadership
· Ethics of positive leadership
· Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
· Problem-solving and conflict management
· Rotary's purpose and service to the community
· Building self-confidence and self-esteem
· Elements of community and global citizenship
WHAT IS PRYDE? The Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience is a two-day leadership conference. It is a retreat for outstanding youth to
further develop their leadership skills. Sponsored by the 60 Rotary Clubs in Distinct 5330 (San Bernardino & Riverside counties), PRYDE combines training in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with social and fun time to provide a fast-paced and memorable leadership experience.

Interact Service Club

Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club sponsors the Interact Club at Chaparral High School in Temecula.  Our club and the Temecula Rotary Club started the Interact Club at Temecula Valley High in the mid-90s.  Then, after Chaparral High School opened in 1997 with freshmen and sophomores, our club started an Interact club there, while the noon Rotarians took over the TVHS Interact.  It took a while for our club to get the little club going, but members Carolyn Carroll, then Jimmy Hsieh, and now Jill Schutte have made all the difference.  Now the Chaparral Interact Club has all kinds of community, school and international projects.  Its members come out to help us with our projects, such as our monthly Bus Bench Cleaning Day, Safety Town, and our 10K Vintage Run through the Vineyard. Interact campus service clubs have school, community and international service activities and numbers as many as 75 young people.  This is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interacters develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of: 

Developing leadership skills and personal integrity 

       - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others 

       - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work 

       - Advancing international understanding and goodwill     


Literacy Program
Beginning in 2005, The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club created a special literacy program and teamed up with third grade teachers at Temecula Elementary School and Vail Elementary School to create an incentive program for third graders to get excited about reading and to improve their reading comprehension skills.  With cooperative input from the third grade teachers, we created a contest in which the children compete to accumulate the most points on their reading comprehension quizzes.  Top point earners receive a reward of a dictionary plus Scholastic books for the classrooms.  Last year there were 142 students receiving the award.  Each student is awarded a trophy which depicts books and a mortarboard and says:  Temecula Sunrise Rotary Top Reader.
Student Scholarships
Because of the great success of our fund-raisers in past years, we have been able to give between $15,000 and $22,000 each year in scholarships to local high school graduates.  Because of the economy, fewer members, and fewer sponsors, we had to cut our scholarships back recently to about $6,000 to $10,000 a year.  Each scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 to $2,500.  For several years the club also presented a Temecula Sunrise Leadership Scholarship for $4,000 to a young person who had initiated an outstanding community project.  During the club’s relatively short existence, well over $250,000 in scholarships has been presented to worthy students.
Scholarships in 2016 were presented to Chaparral High School Students: 
  • Ariana Maxwell will be attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ
  • Emily La will be attending University of California in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Darion Ouliguian will be attending University of California Los Angeles, CA


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Bus Bench Program
Temecula Sunrise Rotary cleans and maintains bus benches in Temecula each month. There are 36 bus benches in the City of Temecula which are usually cleaned on the third Saturday of each month. All members participate as well as our Interact Club members from Chaparral High School.
Teacher of the Month
For many years, each month the club has invited a teacher and his or her principal to share breakfast with us, and we recognize the teacher with a plaque and our thanks for all they do for our children.  We also present the teacher with a special inspirational book and CD entitled “Heart of a Teacher.”  We are proud of our Temecula teachers and are proud to recognized them.