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(Updated August 2017)

Developing the leaders of the future

Vision: to develop leadership potential in youth from diverse backgrounds through residential programs, empowering them to make positive change in their communities; sponsored by Rotary and run for youth, by youth.

Mission: - develop leadership skills in youth - deliver engaging session in areas of leadership, self development, team work, conflict management, public speaking, time management, goal setting and other areas of professional development - provide a safe, encouraging environment for self development and increased self confidence whilst networking with like-minded peers - introduce young leaders to Rotary programs and give awareness of other leadership opportunities within Rotary  

What is RYLA?  RYLA is an annual 7 day residential for 18 - 26 year olds sponsored by the Rotary Clubs within Rotary International District 9500 (SA/NT). RYLA is a life changing experience, it has the capacity to instill, motivate and develop future leaders in one of the most intensive leadership experiences available in South Australia. RYLA empowers young individuals through diverse range of qualified professional speakers and activities, touching on topics such as:
  • leadership and personality styles
  • working in teams
  • self belief
  • conflict management
  • goal setting
  • public speaking
Our speakers leave awardees feeling motivated and inspired. RYLA's youth team leaders also complement the experience through their informal activities (fun) and support. RYLA allows awardees to network and form friendships with a diverse range of like-minded youth, including those from an international background.  

When is RYLA 2017?  all closed for 2017  

Where is RYLA? RYLA will be held in the picturesque setting of Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair  

Who should attend RYLA? 18 - 26 year olds already displaying leadership potential (ie within their workplace, sports teams, within their studies) who have not previously attended RYLA and have not attended RYPEN within the last two years. Participants need to commit to attending the entire experience (no absences).  

How much will RYLA cost me? Your sponsoring Rotary Club will sponsor the full cost of your all inclusive attendance ($850). If you have a relationship with a Rotary Club and they have selected you and agreed to sponsor you then your place at RYLA is guaranteed. Unfortunately if you don’t have a relationship with a Rotary Club we cannot guarantee your place on RYLA but will guide you to find a Rotary Club within your local area for you to contact (see contact details below).  

How do I register to attend RYLA?

To apply to attend RYLA:   

To register your Rotary Club to sponsor a RYLA awardee (to be completed by Rotarians):  

If you have a relationship with a Rotary Club and they are agreeing to sponsor you then your place is guaranteed, if you don’t have a relationship with a Rotary Club we cannot guarantee your place on RYPEN but will try to pair you up with a Rotary Club. If you are interested in attending RYPEN please get in contact with your local Rotary Club (see contact details below if you need help with this) to organise sponsorship.  

What RYLA 2016 awardees thought of RYLA: 'Couldn't be any better. It has been the most enjoyable experience of my life. Thank you!' 'An insight into leadership' 'Incredible! It has changed my life – I am so excited to move forward with my ambition and goals, having learnt so much at RYLA'

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'Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other' John F Kennedy 

If you have any queries please contact RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee Chair Lucia Gauci (Rotary Club of Prospect) at 

RYPEN/RYLA District 9500 Committee:

Lucia Gauci (Chairperson) - Rotary Club of Prospect

Ynyr Hughes (Secretary) - Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully
Rob Eley (District Chair of Youth Services) - Rotary Club of Gawler Light
DGE David Egan  (District Management Committee Rep) Rotary Club of Adelaide
Melany Hughes - Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully
Mike Stevens - Rotary Club of Playford
Steve McLachlan - Rotary Club of Gawler Light
Susan Clift-Bowden - Rotary Club of Clare
Damien Walker (Coordinator) - Rotaract Club of Salisbury City