Iowa RYLA

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Welcome to Iowa RYLA (Rotary Districts 5970 and 6000)!

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for youth where leadership skills and principles are taught in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The purpose of RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  A subtext of the RYLA program is the development of confidence and self esteem.  Many participants have said, “It was the best week of my life!”

Iowa Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000 sponsor students to participate in this 6-day leadership conference and pay the $500 registration fee. RYLA is for high school sophomores and juniors (during 2022-23 school year).   

2023 RYLA will be held July 16-21, 2023 at Grinnell College.

High school sophomores and juniors (2022-23 school year) may apply.   Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement, have proven leadership experience or have shown leadership potential. Applicants must be able to stay for all 6 days of the conference.  Students – click here to apply!


If you are looking for information about Young RYLA, please visit the website IowaYoungRYLA.org.


This section is for ROTARIANS, HEAD COUNSELORS and TEAM LEADERS!

Rotarian Application and Application Process – click here.

2023 RYLA Head Counselor Application — Application period was September 1-30, 2022. Application is closed.

2023 RYLA Team Leader Application — Application period November 1-30, 2022.