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!”

Student registration will open February 1, 2018

RYLA Application (Sophomores and Juniors) – Click here

Registration closes April 30, 2018.

Iowa Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000 sponsor students to participate in this 6-day leadership conference. RYLA is for high school sophomores and juniors (during 2017-18 school year).   

RYLA will be held July 15-20, 2018 at Grinnell College.

High school sophomores and juniors (2017-18 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.  Click on the About RYLA page for instructions to apply!

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

Directions to RYLA  (construction summer 2018) (Updated 7/3/2018):

From I-80
– North on HWY 146
– Right on 4thAve
– Left on East Street
– Left on 10thAve
Girls enter first parking lot on left and boys enter parking lot on left just before the “Road Closed” barricade.

From the WESTIf you are coming from the west, please use I-80 because Hwy 6 is under construction between Newton and Grinnell.

From the EAST on HWY 6
– Right on East Street
– Left on 10th Ave

From the SOUTH on HWY 146 (follow directions from I-80)

From the NORTH on HWY 146
Note – there is construction North of Gilman and there are marked detours
– Left on 8th Ave
– Left on East Street
– Left on 10th Ave


This section is for ROTARIANS and COUNSELORS!

Rotarian Application and Application Process – click here.

Counselor Application –  Counselor application period closed November 30, 2017.


2018 Head Counselor Application — Application period closed September 30, 2017.