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!”

This page was updated August 31, 2021.  

Continue to watch these pages for changes in information about Iowa RYLA 2022. This is where we will post developments regarding Coronavirus and variants and what that means for RYLA. We certainly hope to conduct a more normal RYLA for 2022.

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 2021-22 school year).   

RYLA 2022 will be held July 17-22, 2022 at Grinnell College.

High school sophomores and juniors (2021-22 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 and the student application to apply!

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


Rotarian Application and Application Process – click here.

RYLA 2022 Head Counselor Application — Application period September 1-30, 2021. Application is closed.

RYLA 2022 Team Leader Application — Application period November 1-30, 2021. Application is closed.