What Is RYLA?

RYLA is a Rotary International program that has been offered in Missouri now for the past twenty years. Three district clubs have formally partnered to fund and administer this premier service leadership academy. 

Local high school students who are selected to participate in the program receive the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional educators and counselors, motivational speakers, and outstanding Rotarians during an annual three-and-a-half day conference focused on developing leadership skills.

Activities include:

  • An introduction to the Rotarian philosophy of “Service Above Self.”
  • Youth programs that highlight the importance of Fellowship.
  • Personality self-assessment exercises.
  • Team building exercises.
  • Instruction on service leadership based on the core Rotarian principles.

Participants leave the experience with an enhanced sense of purpose, new friends, and renewed confidence. They return to their high school and community with a keen awareness of the importance of service leadership, the knowledge of what an impact it can have, and concrete personal goals for their future life of service. 


The Missouri RYLA Academy will be June 23-June 26th, 2013 at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. The students are nominated and encouraged to apply through recommendations of Rotarians and the local high school administrators/faculty. The application deadline for this year is Dec 21st, 2012 with follow-up interviews slated for a month later.

***Incoming/outgoing sophomores receive preference, but outstanding candidates outside of that age bracket will always be given proper consideration.

Rotary sponsors the $425 fee for each participant and provides transportation to and from the academy. In exchange, the participant expects to be asked to present a club program and understands the value of partnering with your club in future service efforts. For more detailed information on this program in our community please visit:  http://www.moryla.org/