July 20 - 22, 2023

Please contact your Local Rotary Club for additional information

We look forward to welcoming all RYLA Participants.

Ohio University, Athens

Tentative  Future events

    July 18-20, 2024

Rotary District 6690


 Rotary International is the world's oldest service organization, with over 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs, in almost 200 countries. The official Rotary motto is, "Service Above Self", and Rotarians live their lives in accordance with the Four Way Test.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a Leadership Development Program geared to High School students who exhibit a potential for leadership.



District 6690’s annual conference, is based on a program initiated by Rotary International. The purpose of the program is to identify young people who have demonstrated leadership skills or show the potential to be leaders, and give them an opportunity to explore and develop those skills with others with similar capabilities.

During the conference, participants will 
• explore their own style and strengths;
• learn skills that will enable them to be aware of and able to address community needs;
• interact with adult role models who are active in their professions and community;
• develop and learn leadership skills
• develop an appreciation for community service.

RYLA is a chance for students to meet other outstanding students from central and southeastern Ohio while spending two and a half days learning about themselves, learning from others and having fun. An outstanding group of facilitators are planning for a successful RYLA event and are looking forward to our conference.

Students will arrive on Thursday morning for registration. Students will be assigned roommates who are not from their school or hometown, and will be purposely mixed up throughout the weekend in order that they can meet all participants.
For two and one half days students will be participating in group learning activities, discussions, speakers, interaction with peers and social activities. Participants’ days are filled from breakfast to lights out. Elements of the program build on each other and students must be willing and able to commit to the entire weekend in order to provide the best experience for all.

Learning to Dialogue: how to share views in a constructive way, leading to better understanding;

Behavioral styles: better understanding of oneself and the value of different behavioral styles and the effects of different behaviors on a group;

Rotary: learning about and understanding the Four Way Test, and the purpose and activities of Rotary International;

Society: looking at the role values play in our modern society and understanding the Pillars of Character. 


High School youth, sponsored by their local Rotary Club and currently enrolled in their sophomore or Junior year are eligible to attend. 

Local Rotary Clubs may agree to sponsor a student by paying their conference expenses.