Iowa RYLA & Young 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 and Young RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  A subtext of both RYLA programs is the development of confidence and self esteem.  Many participants have said, “It was the best week of my life!”

Student registration begins February 1, 2017

Registration closes April 30, 2017.

Iowa Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000 sponsor students to participate in these 6-day leadership conferences. RYLA is for high school sophomores and juniors and Young RYLA is for seventh & eighth graders.   


RYLA will be held July 16-21, 2017 at Grinnell College.

High school sophomores and juniors (classes of 2019 and 2018, respectively) 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!


Young RYLA (YRYLA) will be held July 23-28, 2017 at Grinnell College.

Current 7th and 8th graders may apply.  Generally, applicants selected have been involved in school or community activities and shown leadership potential.  Applicants must be able to stay for all 6 days of the conference.  Click on the About Young RYLA page above to apply.


This section is for ROTARIANS and COUNSELORS!

Rotarian Application and Application Process – click here.

Counselor Application –  Click here to apply.  Application period will close on  November 30, 2016.  Counselor selections will be announced January 15, 2017.

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