Posted on May 04, 2024
Three members of our Rotary Club of Guelph South attended the RYLA dinner and had a fantastic time with the RYLArians. The sense of community and energy were amazing. The speaker “Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt” was incredibly talented and uplifting, inspiring us to believe in our abilities. Our District Governor Brenda Halloran also gave a wonderful speech after the meal. We highly recommend attending this dinner next year to see the benefits of RYLA for both ourselves and the students we sponsor. It was a joy to spend time with everyone, especially our sponsored RYLA participant Shamsuddin Nasir.
A photo album slideshow from the event is available here:  photoalbums/2024-ryla 
What is RYLA? 
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults (18+) to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary. Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs, which often cover all expenses. For these young adults, this recognition offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills.  
 
RYLA gives Rotarians the opportunity to mentor promising young leaders serving their own communities and beyond. Rotarians serve as resources for participants on the path to becoming professional and community leaders. In turn, RYLA can bring new energy to a Rotary district, inspire ideas for service and increase support of community service projects.
 
                          2024 RYLA participants plus "Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt"