Rotary Youth Leadership Award

A course to develop self-confidence and leadership skills

Rotary recognises that today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders and they often need help to make themselves more valuable to their employers and communities. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a Rotary International project which provides a recognised qualification a proven record in the personal development and provision of leadership skills of the young people between 18 and 25 that attend the week-long course.

In September 2017, Diss Waveney Rotary sponsored Sophie Foreman, a second-year undergraduate at the University of Winchester, this is what she had to say about it when she returned:

In early September, thanks to the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Diss Waveney, I packed my (very full) bags to go and complete a week-long leadership and personal development course at the Grafham Water Centre in Cambridgeshire.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) was an intense residential programme which improved my confidence, leadership style and team work skills. The week pushed me far out of my comfort zone and was, at times, challenging and stressful but allowed me to do things I never thought I could. Throughout the week I worked on tasks such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, overnight trekking, sailing, high wire obstacle courses but also business-orientated tasks which allowed me to further skills which can be directly applied to both my university course of marketing but also to the workplace in the future. By working both alone and as part of a team I met some amazing people who encouraged me to keep going when things become overwhelming but also made some friends for life. Before the week began I did not have a full understanding of how much impact seven short days would have on me, I learned from people I was surrounded by, amazing staff and also an incredibly well planned week. The week was good fun despite the 16 hour days and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who was considering it.

To learn more, visit the RYLA website by clicking on the graphic below.