What:     An intensive leadership development program developed in 1971 by Rotary International for young leaders.
When:   June 15-18, 2023
Where:  Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX (hosted by the Rotary Club of Stephenville)
Who:      Students must be a high school junior or senior in the fall of 2023. Students must be between the ages of 16 and 18. Students should meet the following qualifications:
  • Leadership experience or potential, demonstrated through participation in youth group or service activities
  • Cooperative nature and willingness to participate in a group
  • Awareness of current events
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good performance in school and work
  • Enthusiasm for sharing newly found skills
Student Drop Off/Pick Up Information
  • Drop off is Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Drop of location is Tarleton State University, 1600 West Shirley Street, Stephenville, TX 76401
  • Pick up is Sunday, June 18, 2023 from 11:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Pick up location is Tarleton State University, 1451 West Jones Street, Stephenville, TX 76401 
No cost to the student. A local Rotary Club funds the $450 sponsorship of the student.
    The RYLA Program is led in a professional, collegiate atmosphere where participants will:
    • Develop leadership skills through experiential and fun activities
    • Increase self-confidence and enhance teamwork skills through participation in challenge course exercises
    • Learn proper social and business etiquette while participating in a formal dinner event
    • Observe how city government operates while participating in a mock City Council meeting
    • Expand their civic and patriotic skills in ethics and responsibility classes
    • Learn about the purpose and objectives of Rotary International while attending a Rotary club meeting
    • Learn about the Rotary Four Way Test
    • Participate in a community service project
    • Participate in a global political exercise called Promises, Promises
    RYLA aims to:
    • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for young people.
    • Provide leadership concepts for selected youth leaders
    • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
    • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.
    RYLA provides:
    • An introduction to a variety of issues, people and perspectives
    • An opportunity to make new friends.
    • RYLA is FUN!!