“Young RYLA is like when you first
get your training wheels off and
your dad gives you one last steady-
ing push into high school.”
– Brandon Garcia (Colorado)

Young RYLA is :
A leadership program sponsored by Iowa Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000 that promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding young people.

An all-expense paid six-day camp that brings together a special group of boys and girls from throughout Iowa to share ideas about becoming better leaders.

An action-packed program of activities that help build confidence and leadership skills (like problem solving games, challenge course, skits, group discussion and team building activities).

An adventure that might change your life!

If you are now in 7th or 8th grade, and:

  • Want to become a better leader
  • Would like a chance to meet and talk to other teens from different schools
  • Have been active in your school or community
  • Want to bring positive change to your community
  • Are interested in making new friends

Then you should come to Young RYLA!

When: Young RYLA: July 22 – 27, 2018
Where: Grinnell College in Grinnell
Cost: There is no cost to you! The $475 registration fee is paid by a local Rotary club.

Registration opens: February 1, 2018; closes: April 30, 2018

To Apply:

  1. Carefully read this entire page.
  2. Prepare your responses to the following questions before starting your application:
    • Please introduce yourself to us.
    • List your school, community or church activities.
    • What special talents do you have (i.e. music, art, athletics, writing, drama, others)?
    • Please tell us your personal goals.
  3. Complete the online application at the bottom of this page. (If you don’t want your first name on your badge, enter a nickname.)
  4. Sign your application and have a parent/guardian sign your application.
  5. Review your input carefully before clicking the “Submit” button as you will not be able to edit your responses after that.
  6. Contact the RYLA Representative in your local Rotary Club who will explain the remaining steps in the application process. You may find contact information for Rotary club RYLA Representatives by clicking Rotary Contacts.

Best wishes!

If you have any difficulties with your application, have questions or wish to change your application after it’s submitted, please send an email to:

RYLA Registrar
Dave Kutter

Young RYLA Application will be posted below on February 1, 2018.