Rotarian Application Process

Rotarian Applicants

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the RYLA team.  We are looking forward to another great year and looking for people who are willing and able to carry-on and build-on the previous years.  RYLA needs people who are ready to facilitate the “RYLA magic” for young people.

Rotarians are paired with Counselors for each small group.  It is the Counselor’s role to lead the small group and the Rotarian’s role to assist, observe the group dynamics, participate when appropriate, and support the Counselor.

The Rotarian approval process begins by completing an application.  You must

  1. Complete the online application below and click “Submit”.
  2. Submit your application by April 30, please.
  3. Attend the training session (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on Saturday, June 15, 2019) and the conference (from 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 13, 2019 to 3:00 PM, Friday, July 19, 2019), both at Grinnell College.
  4. Once selected, follow the steps below to fulfill the requirements of the Youth Protection Policy.

To enable youth to continue to develop their leadership development and to ensure the fullfillment of the goals for the RYLA conferees, RYLA will hold a mandatory Rotarian and Counselor training session (date and place noted above).  You must attend this training to be a Rotarian at RYLA.

Rotarians are expected to be selected by May 15.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in RYLA.


Youth Protection

Iowa RYLA requires each Rotarian and Counselor involved with RYLA to authorize a background check annually prior to the conference.  

Iowa RYLA pays for the cost of the background check.

Once you have been selected, you will either need to validate that you have already been checked (for Youth Exchange, for example) or complete an online form authorizing a background check to be conducted by a third party vendor.

Please respond promptly when asked to complete youth protection forms.

Thank you for being willing to subject yourselves to this necessary process.


Rotarian Application (The application below is for Rotary members, not student applicants.  RYLA applicants, sophomores and juniors, go to bottom of the page About RYLA.)

Rotarians:  For your biographical sketch, which will be used in the conference manual, be creative.