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.
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.
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.
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.