2020 RYLAs - Postponed until 2021
The health and safety of all concerned is a primary consideration of the RYLA leadership. Recognizing that this extraordinary time requires thoughtful, decisive leadership, the RYLA Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 conferences until 2021.
• Young RYLA
• RYLA Plus is holding a virtual conference!
For those eligible to apply to RYLA in 2020, but not in 2021 (11th graders), take heart!
We will keep your application alive, and will put you in the position of being considered for "early decision" in 2021.
For Young RYLA, we are sorry to say that current 7th graders will not be able to attend Young RYLA. But there is a silver lining to this cloud - we know who applied to Young RYLA in 2020, and you are now in a very special group of people. When the time comes for you to apply to RYLA, we will give you special consideration (we'll roll out the red carpet for you)!
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 Central and Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska
sponsor students to participate in these 5-day leadership conferences
known as Rocky Mountain RYLA.
Watch this amazing video!
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).
RYLA-1: Sunday, July 18 - Friday, July 23, 2021
RYLA-2: Sunday, July 25 - Friday, July 30, 2021
Click on the About RYLA link toward the upper left corner to start your application!
The Young RYLA Conferences for 144 participants each (288 total) are held at the
Pondorosa Retreat & Conference Center
in Larkspur, CO.
Any current 7th grader may apply.
Young RYLA-1: dates are being determined for 2021's 7th graders
Young RYLA-2: dates are being determined for 2021's 7th graders
Click on the About Young RYLA link toward the upper left corner to start your application!
RYLA Plus for physically-challenged teens is held at Easter Seals'
Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, CO.
See this video!
RYLA Plus: Sun, July 19 - Fri, July 24, 2020 (Virtual Conference!)
Click HERE for more info!
This section is for ROTARIANS ONLY!
Video for Rotarians
Self-running PowerPoint presentation is HERE (12 Megs in size).
Senior Counselor (SC) Application
RYLA Board Member Application
RYLA/Young RYLA Chair Application