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 5 - Friday, July 10, 2020
RYLA-2: Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17, 2020
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: Sunday, July 19 - Friday, July 24, 2020
Young RYLA-2: Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020
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, Aug 2 - Fri, Aug 7, 2020
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