About Rotary

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and District 6970 are part of much larger organization called Rotary International.Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs. Rotary International Website

In District 6970, participating Rotary clubs award a RYLA scholarship to one or more student(s) whom they choose to attend an intense, all-expense-paid, four-day residential leadership retreat in a northeast Florida college or university setting. District 6970 Website

RYLA 2020

Has been canceled.

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RYLA was truly an amazing opportunity and an amazing experience. I am extremely grateful that I got to go and have an amazing time with people that I became so close to in such a short time. I will never forget this event, I had an awesome time. I learned so much about myself and other people. I have been changed so much by this event. I can not emphasize enough how awesome this was.

Will Parsons

RYLA truly does live up to its reviews. I have learned more about leadership in a mere 3 days than I have in my whole life. I have made amazing friends, I have formed close bonds, and I have met many people that inspire me to do the best I can every day…This conference was amazing.

Noah Peacock

For those of you who don’t know, I recently went to a conference called RYLA for four days. It was the best thing I did my entire life. 4 days didn’t seem like it would change my life at first. But when I went and returned from the conference I realized that I was wrong. I had such an eye opening experience while having so much fun in RYLA. I’ve gained new friendships that will last a lifetime.

Anjela Gurrala

I have attended a number of leadership programs and RYLA was the most profound one I have ever attended.  I was very moved and had fun doing the community service project at Pine Castle. I could not get over how the counselors made the students feel comfortable before the weekend and the personal follow-up he received from his counselor following the weekend.  There was a reason for every session shared and I got value out of all of them. With all of the workshop topics, RYLA still continued to make it a FUN event.

Lucas Stauble

I am home schooled and got a lot out of all of the programs, much was new to me.  I had not been exposed to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens before and that was my favorite session. Sunday’s activities was valuable to showcase how everyone has baggage they are dealing with and to keep that in mind and have empathy when dealing with others. I wish all high school students could be exposed to the curriculum.

Cameron Fairlie

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The dates for 2021 RYLA at Stetson University will be determined later this year. Please check back for an update. Participants will reside in Emily Hall dorms at 619 N. Woodland Blvd. DeLand, FL 32723, and the majority of activities will occur on-campus.

For more details about Stetson’s Campus click here for an interactive map and click here for more details about Emily Hall.