RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for
young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and
enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and
assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.
Many past RYLArians have said, "It was the best week of my life!"
Rotary clubs in districts 5440 and 5450,
throughout Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska
sponsor students to participate in these 5-day leadership conferences
known as Rocky Mountain RYLA.
DONATE! Click here to make your tax-deductible donation to help sponsor our future leaders!
Donations are always welcome, but donations on or before Dec 10 include a partial match so
over 100% of your donation goes to RYLA!
The two RYLA Conferences for 200 participants each are held at the
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
These conferences are also referred to as Senior RYLA.
Any high school sophomore or junior may apply to attend RYLA.
Generally, applicants selected have
excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and have potential or proven leadership experience.
Applicants MUST be able to stay for all 5 days of the conference!
Since 2015 we've been running TWO RYLA Conferences for 200 each (400 total).
NOTE that the 2017 RYLAs are in JUNE!
RYLA 1: Sunday, June 18 - Friday, June 23, 2017.
RYLA 2: Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017.
Click on the About RYLA link toward the upper left corner to start your application!
The Young RYLA Camps for 132 participants each (264 total) are held at the
Pondorosa Retreat & Conference Center
in Larkspur, Colorado.
Any current 7th grader may apply.
Young RYLA Camp 1 will be from Sunday, July 23 - Friday, July 28, 2017.
Young RYLA Camp 2 will be from Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 4, 2017.
Click on the About Young RYLA link toward the upper left corner to start your application!
RYLA Plus for physically-challenged teens is now part of Rocky Mountain RYLA!
It is held at Easter Seals'
Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, CO.
See this video!
RYLA Plus: Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 4, 2017.
Click HERE for more info!
This section is for ROTARIANS ONLY!
Self-running PowerPoint presentation is HERE (12 Megs in size).
Senior Counselor (SC) Application
RYLA Board Member Application
RYLA/Young RYLA Chair Application