RYLA Rep Info

The Rotary Club RYLA Representatives are the primary contacts with Iowa RYLA and Iowa Young RYLA and the students who are eligible to apply. They are key Rotarians who make RYLA and YRYLA successful.

A suggestion for managing the RYLA Rep duties, after reading this page, is to print the YRYLA Calendar and refer to it for actions and deadlines

Periodically, as deadlines near, information and reminders will be sent to the RYLA Reps from Registrar@IowaRYLA.org.  Watch for them.  

The duties of the Rotary club RYLA Representatives are: 

    1. Promote YRYLA to schools, youth organizations, parents and club members.  (Read more . . .)
    2. Follow the student registration process: (Read more . . .)
    3. Invite campers to a Rotary club meeting after YRYLA to tell of their experiences. (Read more . . .)

A couple of documents aimed at assisting you are shown in the table below.

View YRYLA Flyer (PDF)
View YRYLA Calendar

Promote YRYLA

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for youth where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Presentations – If you would like a presentation to your club to explain the YRYLA Camp or the RYLA Conference, please contact Carole Bernhard at Iowayoungryla@gmail.com or 515.320.4294 to schedule a program.

YRYLA 2021 will be held in 11-16 July 2021 at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa.

Current 7th & 8th graders will be eligible to apply beginning March 15th.

Students you select must attend the entire conference from Sunday afternoon to Friday noon – NO EXCEPTIONS. Be sure to get that commitment from the students before they are selected.

Student Recruiting Suggestions

    • Visit with middle school counselors and/or Principals to discuss YRYLA and help with the selection process.
    • Select one or two alternates in case selected students are unable to attend. Illness, injuries or family emergencies may interfere with attendance; therefore, you need alternates.
    • Select students who have demonstrated the following characteristics:
      • Leadership potential
      • Good communication skills
      • Good study skills (average or above)
      • Ability to work with others
      • Involvement in activities
    • Most students will be unaware of this wonderful opportunity to gain new leadership skills, self-discovery and confidence. Thus, you will have to work diligently to recruit students. You, no doubt, have imaginative ways to recruit students in your communities and here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
        • Newspaper articles in your local newspaper
        • Local radio and television public service announcements
        • Posters in public and school library, churches and grocery stores, etc., download YRYLA flyer, link in table above
        • Short article for school district newsletter
        • In-person conversations with high school and/or middle school principal and counselors
        • Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and blogs
        • Presentations to your club and other service clubs
        • Rotarians who have children, grandchildren and friends who have children
        • Returning RYLA and YRYLA students (very effective method) (Return to Top)

 Follow the Student Registration Process

Request Slots – The deadline for clubs to request slots is March 23, 2021. Request your slots by sending an email to Iowayoungryla@gmail.com. Clubs will be notified of the number of slots allocated by May 15th. EXTENDED!

Your club must send a check of $375.00 for each slot allocated no later than June 5th, made out to “Rotary District 5970” with “YRYLA” in the memo section. Please send the check to: Executive Secretary, Rotary District 5970, PO Box 445, New Hampton, Iowa 50659.  Please coordinate with your treasurer. (Return to Top)

Application Process – The student application will be available at IowaYoungRYLA.org on March 15. The steps are as follows:

    • Students complete the application on-line, sign it by typing in their name, have a parent sign it by typing in his or her name and then clicking on the submit button.
    • A copy of the application will be automatically sent to the student, the RYLA Representative(s) and to the parent(s).
    • When you receive an application, do make contact with the student.  Let them know your selection process and your timetable.   Continue to stay in contact with the students throughout the selection process and even up until the conference.
    • Student application closes on May 31st!. EXTENDED!         (Return to Top)

Select Students

    • Establish your club’s process for selecting students.  Select students and alternates for YRYLA camp.
    • Contact each student that applies whether they are selected, chosen as an alternate or not selected.  Invite your selected students and their parents to a club meeting prior to YRYLA so you can introduce the students as your club’s YRYLA Campers.
    • Notify Iowayoungryla@gmail.com of your selected YRYLA campers by June 15 EXTENDED!,
    • Iowa Young RYLA will communicate with each student selected (and parent(s)) three times:
      1. The Registrar sends an email of congratulations to the student shortly after you have selected the student. This is also a test of the email address in preparation for the information packet.
      2. The Registrar sends an information packet via email two to three weeks before the camp with necessary details including a map, where to meet, times, list of things to bring/not bring and emergency contact information.
      3. The assigned Counselor contacts the student and parent(s) by phone one to two weeks before the conference. (Return to Top)

Verify Student Transportation

The local Rotary club is responsible to make sure the student has transportation to and from the conference. In most cases the parents will provide the transportation. On Friday morning we have a special program for parents and ask them to arrive an hour or so before the end of camp.

Carpooling with others in your area is another option. Contact the registrar at Iowayoungryla@gmail.com for other students attending from your geographic region if you wish to arrange carpooling. (Return to Top)

Invite Selected Students to a Rotary Club Meeting–this can be virtual!

After YRYLA students are required to make a presentation to your Rotary club about their experiences at YRYLA and how it has impacted their lives. Assist them in scheduling their presentation to your club. Please invite their parents to this Rotary meeting.

Continue to mentor and engage the students and their families. Invite them to work with you on your service projects. Involve your club in sponsoring an Interact club if the students choose to start one in their school/community. (Return to Top)