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 Team Leaders for each small group.  It is the Team Leader’s role to lead the small group and the Rotarian’s role to assist, observe the group dynamics, participate when appropriate, and support the Team Leader.

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 (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, on Saturday, June 17, 2023) and the conference (from 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 15 to 3:00 PM, Friday, July 21, 2023), 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 Team Leader 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 Team Leader involved with RYLA to complete an application, complete an online training course and authorize a background check prior to the conference.  

Iowa RYLA pays for the cost of the background check.

Once you have been selected, your name and email address will be given to Suellen Kolbet, who will set you up for the online training course.  Once you complete the course, she will send you a link for you to authorize a background check.  The online training course must be repeated every third year.  The background check must be authorized annually.  If you already a current certification of training and background check for another program (like Youth Exchange), upon verification, your certification will suffice for RYLA. 

Please respond promptly when asked to complete youth protection forms.

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


Rotarian Application (Note: The application below is for Rotary members, not student applicants.  

Sophomores and juniors, go to bottom of the webpage About RYLA to apply.)

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