Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Two young people from Calverley complete the RYLA course


Do you have leadership potential?
Are you prepared to be stretched and tested?
Would you like to learn about leadership styles and techniques and then practise them in a safe environment?
Could you accept constructive feedback and tips from experts then act upon them and try the methods for your self?
Are you a well rounded individual with lots of interests and activities outside of school or are you just an academic person who can pass exams?
 
The questions above were just a few of those asked of two Calverley teenagers during their selection interview recently.
 
Callum Harkins and Toby Raistrick both residents of Calverley, were chosen to attend a Rotary Club sponsored course called RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).
RYLA is an intensely rewarding, one week course for boys and girls aged 16-17 where they are given a variety of team tasks to complete. Each individual takes turns to lead the team and practice differing leadership styles in order to develop and try out the most appropriate methods in a variety of situations. Individuals also develop confidence, teamwork, motivation, management, communication and presentation skills which will give them a great advantage in their early career. 
 
Callum who attends Benton Park High School described the course as 'a rollercoaster of highs and lows and the achievement of hugely beneficial life skills'. Callum was full of praise for the course saying that 'it has really stretched me and convinced me that I have greater potential than I believed I had before the course'. Already a competent and confident young man, he said that 'RYLA has further boosted my confidence and personal belief'. Callum is continuing his studies in the sixth form at Benton Park and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
 
Toby who attended Abbey Grange Academy, was full of enthusiasm about the benefits the course had given him and the new friends he has made. 

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