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RYLA — the acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards — is a leadership skills training series for high school juniors attending school within Rotary District 7190.

The program consists of seven sessions, one per month, from September to March. Each begins at 10 a.m. and ends about 4:30 p.m. Lunch and all necessary materials are provided.

The deadline for applying is June 30. Tuition is $375. In the case of  the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, we pay the tuition for students in our service area.

The curriculum includes:

Fundamentals of leadership

Ethics of positive leadership

Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

Problem-solving and conflict management

Building self-confidence and self-esteem

Elements of community and global citizenship

Attendees also can expect to further develop their personal and leadership skills in other key areas:

Communication Skills:
• Develop interpersonal skills
• Communicate, listen and write more effectively
• Engage in some form of public speaking in a warm, supportive environment

Personal Qualities:
• Identify the various types of personality
• Help people to get along with each other
• Manage their own time more effectively
• Avoid stressful situations
• Plan for healthier living

• Identify the characteristics of effective leaders
• Become aware of the various styles of leadership
• Observe effective leaders operating in a meeting situation

Problem Solving Strategies:
• Brainstorm and think creatively
• Engage in practical problem solving and decision making activities
• Use a problem solving model in a practical situation