Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Since it became an official Rotary program in 1971, RYLA has assisted thousands of young people to develop leadership skills at camps, seminars, and workshops.

Unleash your potential

RYLA is a fun, challenging, and intensive training programme for young people, 18-30. Participants develop strong personal and leadership qualities.

RYLA 2016 will be held from 8 – 14 May 2016 at Camp Clayton Ulverstone.

A Rotary District 9830 Programme Hosted by the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West



Download  the brochure here for more details  

Any queries, please contact us at: or

Phone Trina D’Orazio on 0413 334 331, or Jenny Simms on 0419 686 647


Download an application form here

Applications can be emailed to Trina at

Most Rotary districts in the world sponsor a RYLA program each year and thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide. RYLA is an intensive training program for young community leaders.


Those chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. It is an invaluable personal and professional development program.

Each program is designed to provide lifetime leadership skills for young people, adapted to local needs.

RYLA Tasmania

Applications are being called to attend RYLA 2016.

Please note, numbers for RYLA 2016 will be capped to fit with the facilities at the venue, and with the rigours of the District 9830 programme. Applications to attend RYLA 2016 must be received by the District Committee no later than Friday 8 April.
These will be processed on an ‘as received basis’, until all places are filled or till close of registration. Any registration forms received after this will still be collected and names placed on a ‘call back’ list should vacancies arise, and for RYLA 2017.
Applicants must be able to attend the WHOLE of the camp, arriving at 1 p.m. on Sunday 8 May and departing lunchtime Saturday, 14 May. All candidates must be in attendance for the duration of the camp.

PLEASE NOTE: An applicant is NOT confirmed as attending RYLA 2016 until written confirmation has been sent to the applicant and the sponsoring Club by the District RYLA Committee.

Topics at the camps include—

  • the growth and development of selfesteem
  • personal development,
  • stress and self management,
  • goal setting,
  • personal motivation,
  • communication,
  • time management,
  • leadership styles.

Time is also set aside for recreational team activities,personal reflection and get‐to‐know‐

Please note the following when considering applying for RYLA 2016

• Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 years of age, inclusive, when attending RYLA.
• Applicants must be able to attend the WHOLE of the camp. Please ensure you have no other obligations at this time, May 8 to 14 inclusive.
• Applications must be received by the District Committee by COB on Friday 8 April, 2016.
• Applications will be capped at 30 participants.
• Applications will be processed on an ‘as received basis’ and accepted untill the close date or all places being taken, whichever comes first.
• A candidate is not accepted as attending the camp until written confirmation is sent by the District RYLA Committee to both the applicant and the sponsoring Rotary Club.

Cost  $950 per person (payable by sponsoring Rotary Club)


RYLA Team Challenge: Lowering a helium rod
to the ground, using one finger per person.

Occupations of recent  RYLA participants included radiographer, dairy farmer and quality assurance officer, plus a refugee from South Sudan.

.   Over the course of a week, participants undertake a wide range of activities, both mental and physical, designed to show them how to reach their potential, or step beyond their normal limits.Activities in the past included  visiting residents in aged care facilities and undertaking a Survivors Challenge, calling for really solid team work.


RYLA Director, Jenny Simms


Host Club: Rotary Club of Ulverstone West

Chair: PP Jenny Simms (Denis)


 About our KEYNOTE speakers in 2016

Stan Alves
Stan is an AFL coach, elite athlete, media personality, entrepreneur and successful businessman. Stan is one of those rare individuals whose multifaceted ability has taken him from the elite sporting arena into business management, and back to sport.
Now, as a master communicator, Stan has the ability to create comparisons between sport and business, and shares his coaching secrets to help you lead you, and your team, to success.

Robyn Moore
Robyn is regarded as one of Australia’s best and most in‐demand speakers. For over 30 years she has been working in the communication and entertainment industry, education and advertising.
Robyn has unique skills with ‘the power of the word’. Her entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presentations totally captivate her audiences at national and international conferences. Robyn ‘sells people back to themselves’ so they are able to recognise old habits and behaviours, and take responsibility for the choices they make.  This enables members of her audience to create the outcomes wanted in their lives, in business, health, education, community,
family and relationships.
Robyn’s presentations are quite often described as ‘literally life‐changing’.

Johanna Parker
Johanna is a Melbourne‐based life and confidence coach, international speaker and positivity‐junkie.
Joanna is the founder of her coaching and personal development business Heart Sparks
( which is her greatest passion and life work. She has a professional background in social work, counselling and project work for systemic change in the youth sector. She is also an internationally certified life coach through the International Coach Federation. Over the past ten years, Joanna has empowered hundreds of young people and adults across local government, not‐for‐profit organisations, education and community settings to become more connected to themselves, leading them to unearth their passions, confidently embrace their uniqueness, and implement sustainable change in order to build incredible,purposeful lives.