Rotary District 6920
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA for 2020 has been CANCELED

Next Year's Date

24-27, 2021

Rotary, founded in 1905, is the largest
nonprofit organization in the world.

The four way test which Rotary lives by:
1) Is it the truth?
2) Is it fair to all concerned?
3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

What to Expect

Come enjoy an exciting program with dynamic people on the South Georgia State College campus. RYLA participants attend an all expense paid four day long event, where individuals can expand their perceptions, learn about themselves, discuss leadership skills, and put those skills to practice.

Keynote Speakers

RYLA is a once in a lifetime experience, including stimulating seminars and lectures by top professionals in various fields. Past speakers include: Secretary of Labor Michael Thurmond, Carl Swearinger of BellSouth, Dave Weber of Weber Associates, and many, many more!

"Every event and class kept me interested.
 I met a lot of new friends!

During the Week

You will have an opportunity to:

> Share and explore new ideas
> Enhance communication skills to improve your relationships with family, partners, co-workers and society
> Collect innovative ideas for key leadership & successful business strategies
> Network with positive leaders
> Explore family dynamics, interpersonal relationships and values
> Learn how to better understand ourselves and others
> Learn about Rotary's purpose and service to the community
> Learn techniques for problem solving and conflict management

RYLA brings together individuals from different cultures, educational levels, and work experience with noted community professionals to interact, learn, and discuss strategies for dealing with future challenges and opportunities.

  • Open to rising high school Juniors and Seniors
  • Candidates should hold a position of leadership or be interested in expanding and displaying leadership qualities.
  • Candidates can be a relative of a Rotarian, foreign exchange student, or past recipient.

The South Georgia State College campus is perfect for outside activities. SGC also offers recreational facilities for swimming, volleyball, racquetball, and basketball. You will stay in dormatory style rooms and enjoy home cooked meals that will please everyone.

Following the week of RYLA, the RYLArians will have the opportunity to visit their sponsoring Rotary club and share their exciting four day RYLA experience.

For directions to SGSC click here.   We look forward to seeing you there.  

      The Rotary Connection Rotary is one of the largest international service associations with some 29,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Its members are dedicated to humanitarian service, high ethical standards in promotion of world understanding and peace.

One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest.

To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs prepare thousands of young leaders through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs each year. RYLA events are organized by Rotarians who are business and professional achievers.

Rotary clubs also sponsor other, complementary programs for young people. They include Rotaract (a service club for young adults), Interact (a service club for secondary school students), Youth Exchange (a chance to live and study abroad), and Ambassadorial Scholarships (for university or post-secondary study abroad).

For more information on RYLA and other Rotary programs, please visit Rotary online at www.rotary.org.


RYLA participants get to know each other through dynamic and fun exercises.
The program is packed with activities!

How to Apply
All RYLA participants are selected and sponsored by their local Rotary club. Don't miss the chance to participate in this exciting and rewarding program. To obtain all the information you will need to apply for this unforgettable experience, contact Charles Johnson, Dean School of Sciences at  SGSC
Follow the link above to


"The best part was being able to have more freedom and experiencing what college life is sort of like."
"I thought that classes would be kinda boring like in school. But they were awesome!  Two thumbs up!"




Charles Johnson
Dean School of Sciences
South Georgia State College
100 West College Park Drive
Douglas, GA 31533
(912) 260-4338  Fax (912)


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