Congratulations on your student being selected to attend the RYLA conference. It is quite an honor.
Yet, your next question is surely - What is RYLA?
RYLA is a youth program of the international service organization - Rotary International. It is a 4-day overnight conference in a safe campus environment. With an experienced and caring staff (1 staff for every 5 students), we change our RYLArians lives forever by assisting them in defining their core values and augmenting their fundamental skills to lead and succeed. Our program includes a wide range of leadership skills, the practice and value of community service, ethics, etiquette, business and professional skills, and so much more! We do all this within a terrific college campus setting and a community environment that is both fun and energizing.
To provide these learning sessions, we bring in the best speakers from North Florida to work with our group every year. Some things we do in large group settings, others in break-out sessions. For one full day, we do hands-on community service to help our students understand the value of giving to others and the positive experience which they receive in return. And we have some fun by seeing a little of the city and giving everyone a chance to relax and get to know each other. We end it all with a formal dinner and a notable motivational speaker to help bring into focus our students' new-found skills. We try hard to make sure it is a balanced program so we are not a dull leadership camp, but rather an awesome experience.
"Awesome" is what we hear from our students year after year. That tremendous response from our students is what keeps each of us doing this again and again they just get so much out of it and are so thankful for being exposed to something so positive!
We know that many times students are hesitant to leave their friends behind and try something new and unknown. While they may realize it is a great accolade for their college application they may not realize what a blast it is! Time after time, when our final Sunday session rolls around, RYLArians literally do not want to leave due to great friendships they have made and the memories and positive experiences they have stored away.
You will certainly still have questions about our conference. We want to make sure that you have the comfort level you need to allow your student to attend. We encourage you to check-out the rest of our website, read all the details, and if you still have questions, please see our Contact Us page. We can also provide local references who you may recognize. We know that you need to be comfortable about this experience - and we would love to share what it can mean to your son or daughter. We know the students are going to love this experience. We want to make sure you do too.
Thank you in advance for your confidence in us. We cannot wait to see your student at RYLA!