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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe.  Each year, thousands of young people 13-18, participate in this worldwide program.  Students from Northern Califfornia and Nevada are sponsored by Rotary Clubs from those areas with the event being administered by the District’s RYLA committee. Located near the community of Portola, California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. the weeklong camp covers a variety of topics as listed below;
  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self confidence and self-esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship

In addition to the core curriculum, RYLA participants can expect to further develop their personal and leadership skills in the following key areas:

  • Communication Skills:
  • Personal Qualities 
  • Leadership 
  • Problem Solving Strategies
PWR plans to sponsor six (6) high school students to RYLA  in June/July 2022 and has received a District Grant to help with the cost of two RYLA scholarships. Visit the RYLA website at
For further information regarding selection by Point West Rotary, contact Tom Engwer at .