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.
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.