Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

This international programme is designed to develop leadership skills in young people. RYLA participants attend a week long workshop, focussing on leadership and personal development. The programme is organised and run by Rotarians who are successful business and professional people themselves.
Selection for RYLA publicly recognises the individual’s qualities as a leader in the community.
Participants must have left school and be aged between 18 and 26; sons and daughters of Rotarian’s are eligible.

RYLA 2022 will be held at Epworth Lodge, Lake Karapiro from the 24th – 29th April 2022.

Applications with Rotary Rotorua Sunrise close in late January each year, at which time we will contact shortlisted candidates for an interview.

The cost to the participant is $100, with the Rotary Club scholarship covering the remaining $750.

How to apply

To apply, please complete an application form (download it here) and email it to applications@rotaryrotoruasunrise.co.nz with a blurb as to why you want to attend RYLA and what you think you will get out of it.

Find out more

You can find out more about RYLA here.

Jordan’s Story – RYLA Scholarship Alumni  

Before I was recommended RYLA I was apprehensive toward these sorts of things, putting myself out there just wasn’t my thing. Even though I knew I was active in my community as a leader type figure I never wanted to take the next step in my own self development, however I decided to take the plunge and apply. After the initial shock of being selected it finally sunk in that I’d be on a Leadership focussed course for a week with other young leaders in their community across the region. I was full of a mix of anxiety and excitement to challenge myself and see where I stacked up amongst other like-minded people my age.

After the first day at the camp I knew this was where I needed to be, the facilitation of RYLA was truly top notch and has lead to me becoming a hell of a lot more comfortable in my own skin and manifested a healthy desire to continue my own personal growth in my fields of interest and build these into my dream future. I would highly recommend this course to anyone of age that isn’t quite sure on where they’re going but already has a certain degree of stature within the Rotorua community as a young leader. The tools that RYLA enables you with are lifelong so my final words of advice are to show up with some sort of recording device and a positive attitude and open mind!