Rotary Young Leader Award (RYLA)

Fri, Nov 18th 2022 at 10:10 pm- Sat, Dec 31st 2022 - 12:10 am

The combined Ashby Rotary Clubs received the presentation from our successful 2022 RYLA candidates Finn Holmes-Kellett and Jack Coleman


ROTARY BOOST FOR YOUNG LEADERS

A full house at the Ashby Heritage Centre on Thursday 10 November heard two potential young leaders describe their week at Grafham Water on a Rotary Young Leadership Awards Course in August this year.

Finn Holmes-Kellett, 25, the first speaker, said that while he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, the course had increased his confidence in dealing with other people and also in delivering presentations. He found the course challenging as they all did but great fun.

He now works at Twycross Zoo as a Conservation and Education Ranger having qualified at Chester University in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. He went on to describe his great Interest in all animals but with particular attention to reptiles, principally snakes.

Jack Coleman, 18 and a recent Head Boy at Ashby School, made no secret of his immediate ambition to become a maths teacher and eventually go on to a Headship. He is now studying Maths at Nottingham Trent University while still visiting his alma mater as a lifeguard, swimming being his sporting passion.

He described the RYLA course as a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity and praised the tutor-organisers for their skills and dedication. Like Finn, he found it challenging and fun also, but said the experience of being part of a team rather than making most decisions on his own had been most valuable.

Both candidates thanked the Ashby Rotary Clubs for giving them an unforgettable experience that they could recommend whole-heartedly.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, (RYLA) is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young people. It helps them discover their potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in their community, career and everyday life.

While RYLA is a worldwide initiative, each Rotary District organises the venue and programme. Local candidates aged 18-26 are selected and sponsored by the Ashby Rotary Clubs at no cost to the candidate or their family.

The programme gives participants the opportunity to experience leadership scenarios; explore problem-solving as part of a team; discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management; build confidence in themselves and what they can achieve; meet new people and make lasting friendships and learn how to organise youth activities and community service projects.

MC for the evening, Rotarian Ruth Andre-Evans, congratulated Finn and Jack for the professionalism of their presentations. She also reminded the audience to recommend young people to apply to Rotary for a place on the RYLA course which is an annual event.

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