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Leadership Training for Young People

RYLA participants meet in early summer for a 3-day conference that includes presentations, activities, and workshops on:
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Ethics
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Management
  • Community & Global Citizenship


What is RYLA?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, aka RYLA. This conference will include three days of interactive sessions with High School Sophomores like you!
  • “life-changing”
  • “amazing”
  • “very cool”
… are all things that previous students have said about RYLA.

Activities are designed to help students to stretch and grow. Our full program includes a variety of challenges and enriching sessions which allow them to learn about themselves and others. Students will engage with small and large groups in a program created by student input.
The conference is co-ed but the dorms are not. Boys and Girls stay in separate rooms on separate floors.
RYLA Facts:
  • RYLA began in 1994!
  • Approximately 200 students, and about 200 volunteers
  • High School Sophomores
  • Students from 50 Rotary Clubs from Suburban Boston/Metro West and Central Massachusetts, USA 
The RYLA 7910 RYLA Conference is presented by Rotary District 7910. This is not a function of Fitchburg State University.


What People Say About RYLA

RYLA was the most amazing experience! It taught me to be proud of who I am and helped me figure out what I want to do with my life. There are no limits for me now.
- 2009 RYLA Participant
RYLA has definitely made me feel more confident now that I’m off to college. I’m not so afraid of the unknown anymore.
- 2012 Program Facilitator
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Questions? email Diane Ryan
2023 Application Deadline: Feb 15 at 8pm