Vocational Service & Youth
Rotary organises a wide range of competitions and support for young people in our communities. Most are for those under 18 on 31st August. They include Public speaking, solo young chef, solo musicians and writing. Personal Leadership development for 18-26
Providing Opportunities for Education
Rotary clubs promote literacy among youth and provide tools to facilitate learning.
Building Future Leaders
Rotary-sponsored clubs for young people
Rotary Youth Leadership awards (RYLA)
A commitment to youth ~ The Global Picture
Rotary maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults. Besides Youth Exchange, Rotary clubs sponsor youth service clubs such as Interact , Rotaract and RYLA and offer career development and mentoring programs.
Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs, including Youth Exchange.
Rotary clubs are made up of volunteers who are involved in community service, emphasize high ethical standards, and work toward peace and understanding in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs create the extensive network that provides support for Youth Exchange
Release the potential within
What are the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults aged between 14 - 18 years.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to develop the next leaders of our community.
Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life.
Each RYLA course is sponsored by a local Rotary club or group.
What does RYLA offer?
RYLA programmes run between three to ten days and give participants the opportunity to:
- Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
- Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
- Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
- Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve
- Meet new people and make lasting friendships
- Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects at locally and internationally
Being a leader is not just about being confident enough to speak out and knowing what to say, it is knowing when to listen to others and understand. RYLA teaches this, and other soft skills, to help everyone to be the best they can be.
Teamwork exercises bring people together from different walks of life in a safe environment where everyone can get to know each other without fear of exclusion or negativity.
As with all Rotary programmes, Rotary members are appropriately DBS checked and risk assessments are carried out for all activities.
Who is eligible?
You don’t need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades, just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun.
RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding. Some degree of fitness is required.
The courses are open to people aged 14 to 18.
How to get involved
For more information please fill out our enquiry form and we’ll point you in the right direction.